The mission of the Matagorda County Sheriff's Office Estray Unit is to protect all livestock from harm, theft, or from roaming at large. We will enforce all applicable laws to safeguard the welfare of the public and the livestock! The Matagorda County Sheriff's Office Estray Unit is responsible for enforcing all applicable laws and with particular emphasis on the Livestock Laws of the State of Texas and Texas Agriculture Code. The Texas Agriculture code defines "Estray" as stray livestock, stray exotic livestock, or stray exotic fowl. Loose Estrays are a major concern in Matagorda County. The estray problem causes danger of property damage and even death on our county roadways. With the continual growth in population and more automobiles in the area the problem continues to grow. The Texas Legislature has assigned the duties to the Sheriff's Office of each county with the responsibility of Estray Animals. For more information please download the Matagorda County Stock Laws.
It will be the responsibility of the Estray Animal owner to pay to the Matagorda County Sheriff's Office all fees related to the capture, housing, feeding and Veterinary bills of the Estray animal. The Estray animal owner will also be held liable and responsible for any damages the animal causes to individuals, or individuals property.
Running at Large on Public Roads and Highways Prohibited:
A person who owns or has the responsibility for the control of a horse, mule, donkey, cattle, hog, sheep, goat, may not knowingly permit the animal to traverse or roam at large or unattended on the-right-of-way of a highway or public road.
Discovery of an Estray animal and duty to report to the Matagorda County Sheriff's Office:
It is also important to know that if a citizen discovers an Estray animal on his or her property without their permission they must report it to the Matagorda County Sheriff's Office as soon as reasonably possible. It is then the Sheriff Office responsibility to attempt to identify and contact the owner of the Estray animal unless it is determined that the said animal is dangerous to the public. In which case the animal will be immediately impounded.
To View the Cattle Stock Law for Matagorda County please visit Here:
You can learn more about Estray Laws listed in the Agriculture Code by visiting Here:
To view Matagorda County Estray Animal List please Click Here: