Ken Paxton


Animals , Civil Procedure


Sworn complaints authorizing seizure of dangerous dogs under Health & Safety Code section 822.002 do not require personal knowledge, and the fact that the attack was unprovoked is not a required element for dog destruction under section 822.003.  The section 822.003 10-day hearing deadline is for both setting and conducting the hearing, but no provision in chapter 822 deprives a court of jurisdiction if a hearing is held outside of the 10-day deadline.

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