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Estray livestock in Waller County are the responsibility of the Waller County Civil Division, which is a division of the Waller County Sheriff’s Office. The Civil Division has the responsibility of maintaining the care and custody of livestock which has strayed from its home, in the event that its owner cannot be located and/or in the event that the livestock is not claimed by its owner within the time given by law to do so. Livestock can be defined as horses, cows, sheep, goats, donkeys, pigs and other such animals, but does not include domestic animals, such as dogs or cats.
Daily operations of the Waller County Civil Division, as well as livestock estray, are supervised by Deputy Bernie Renken and are overseen by Sheriff R. Glenn Smith.
In the event that we are notified of a possible estray, every effort is made at that time to locate the owner of the livestock and the animal returned. Once reasonable diligence to locate the owner has been exercised, but proves unsuccessful, the deputy on location then notifies his/her supervisor on duty, who will then begin the process to impound the estray until the owner can be located, or the animal is claimed. If you believe that there is a livestock animal on your property that does not belong to you, it is imperative that you contact our office to report this matter as soon as possible so that we can begin trying to identify where the animal belongs and reunite it with its owner.
All livestock in the care and custody of the Waller County Civil Division are documented and held in accordance to Texas state law, which states that in the event that the owner cannot be located, or the owner is unknown, an estray must be impounded if the estray is a danger to the community/public, is on public property and not removed immediately after owner notification, or is on private property and not removed after owner notification within a reasonable amount of time.
Once an estray is in the care and custody of the Waller County Civil Division, Texas state law dictates the procedure in which notice is given to the public. Unclaimed livestock estray will be held in our custody a minimum of 18 days and a Notice of the impoundment may be posted on the public notice board at the county courthouse, posted on the website, posted on Facebook or advertised in the local newspaper once per week, for two consecutive weeks and the animal will be held an additional 3 days at the conclusion of the advertisement.
In effort to expedite locating the owner(s) of estray livestock, the Waller County Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office, through the Beef and Forage Committee, is now offering pasture gate signs, which will help to identify landowners and operators. The cost of these signs are $12.50 each and they are to be affixed to the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Association signs that many are currently using. For more information on these signs, please contact the Waller County Extension Office at (979) 826-7651.
In the event that Waller County may have impounded an estray belonging to you, please contact our office as soon as possible, at (979) 826-8282, to have someone contact you and arrange to reunite you with your animal. Once your animal has been impounded, there will be a fee assessed and will vary depending on how long it was impounded, any procedures or tests performed etc. All fees will be discussed with you at the time you schedule to recover your animal.
When we are notified of an estray, or a potential estray, it remains our goal, and we make every effort, to identify the owner(s) and see the animal safely returned.
Animal Control Office
The Waller County Animal Control Division is a division of the Waller County Sheriff’s Office and has the responsibility of enforcing ordinances relating to the control, impoundment and disposition of domestic animals, such as canines (dogs), felines (cats), and in some circumstances wildlife, this also includes any animal cruelty investigations in the jurisdiction of Waller County.
Daily operations of the Waller County Animal Control Division are supervised by Animal Control Officer/ Supervisor (ACO) Wesley Martin, who is also the rabies authority for Waller County, along with Assistant Animal Control Officer Gary Garrison, and is overseen by Sheriff R. Glenn Smith.
Domestic animals, in the care and custody of Waller County Animal Control, are documented and held in accordance to Texas state laws and local county ordinances. The state law of Texas requires domestic animals, regardless of how they came to be in our custody, be held for a minimum of 3 days once in our possession. However, the Waller County ordinance exceeds the minimum 3 days required by the state, and requires that domestic animals must be held for 5 days once the animal is in our care and custody. There are certain situations, such as when an animal is injured or ill, the Animal Control Officer has the authority to exercise discretion on the amount of time the animal can be safety and/or humanely kept in our custody, thus the animal may not be able to be held the 5 days per county ordinance in those instances.
When the Waller County
Animal Control Division takes custody of a domestic animal,
regardless of how the animal came into our care, every effort is
made by our office to locate and reunite the animal with its owner.
In the event the owner cannot be located, and the animal is not
claimed, we make every effort to find a new home for the animal
when possible, or contact an animal rescue who can take possession
of the animal and continue to provide it with the appropriate care
until they can locate a permanent home for the animal. The Waller
County Animal Control Division maintains a Facebook page and
website, both of which may be utilized to list unclaimed domestic
animals in our custody in hopes of reuniting them with their
In the event the Waller County Animal Control Division may have possession of an animal that belongs to you, please contact our office as soon as possible, at (979) 826-8282, to have an ACO contact you and arrange to reunite you with your animal. Once your animal has been taken into our custody, you may incur a $10.00/day fee, which is used to cover the cost of housing, feeding and caring for the animal during the time it is in our possession. This fee is to be paid to our ACO at the time you are reunited with your animal. There are certain circumstances when additional fees may be incurred and our ACO will advise you of this if it pertains to your individual situation.
Again, the Waller County Animal Control Division would like to reiterate that we make every effort to reunite animals with their respective owners and when an animal come into our custody, it is always our hope to locate their owner and reunite them.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Sheriffs’ Association of Texas - Legislative Platform Summary
- 84th Legislative Session -
Issue #1: a.) Title V Appropriations - Funding for MHMR community & state hospital mental health services.
b.) Code of Criminal Procedure - Mental health patients negative impact on county jails.
Position: a.) Encourage the members of the 84th Legislature to significantly increase the current level of funding for MHMR and mental health services.
Position: b.) Texas Sheriffs believe that the county jail is not the appropriate place to hold a patient in mental crisis. Endorse efforts for the standardization of the Crisis Mental Health Commitment Process; for pre-arrest and post-arrest diversion of mental health patients from county jails; and for the development of a system of regional crisis intervention treatment centers to facilitate diversion. Also, to urge the approval and implementation of the State Mental Health Plan being completed by the H.B. 3793 Advisory Panel to ensure the efficient and effective use of the mental health resources.
Issue #2: Texas Border Security.
Position: Sheriffs advocate a unified strategic effort to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, preclude Trans-National Criminal operations along the corridors that link our Southwest and adjoining Gulf Coast Borders, and enforce the rule of law.
Issue #3 Code of Criminal Procedure - Blue Warrant inmates in Texas County Jails.
Position: endorse the amending of statutes to provide relief for all Texas counties from the responsibility and expense of holding inmates arrested on blue warrants. Specifically, to reduce the number of inmates in county jails with Blue warrant holds, by not issuing new Blue Warrants for inmates arrested on new charges until the time they are finally adjudicated on those charges. Or allow bond on the blue warrant if they are eligible for on the new charges. Also, to set up reimbursement to the counties for medical and extraordinary special needs expenses from the first day of incarceration and to reimburse counties for daily expenses for all blue warrant inmates starting on the 15th day of incarceration.
Issue #4: Health & Safety Code - Methamphetamine Abuse, Manufacture, & Delivery.
Position: Endorse efforts to develop a state-wide enforcement effort coordinated with local sheriffs offices, designed to interrupt criminal enterprises involved in import smuggling of precursor chemicals for manufacture of methamphetamine, the product of methamphetamine and methamphetamine derivative. Endorse the development consistent statutes with national standards for the regulation of ephedrine base, psuedoephedrine base or phenylopropanolamine base products and commercially produced products containing these chemicals used for human medical and animal veterinary treatment.
Issue #5: Health & Safety Code - Prescription Drug Abuse & Diversion.
Position: Endorse the ready access for all law enforcement agencies to the state-wide prescription drug monitoring program that can be searched to identify those who over-prescribe controlled substances, those addicted patients who “doctors-shop” and those who fraudulently obtain prescriptions.
Issue #6: Health & Safety Code - Medical Marijuana / Recreational Marijuana / Synthetic Marijuana.
Position: Texas Sheriffs Say No To Marijuana - Continue the prohibition of the manufacture, sale, possession, and use of marijuana, including all derivatives and synthetics that mimic marijuana.
Issue #7: Transportation Code - Distracted Driving.
Position: Prohibit texting while driving. Texas sheriffs recommend that the Transportation Code be amended to include a statute that makes texting while driving a motor vehicle on a public road unlawful and to be enforced as a Primary Law.
Issue #8: Occupations Code - Restrict opportunities to sell stolen salvage metals and stolen articles.
Position: Endorsement of further restrictions at point of sale of scrap metals and articles to include the requirement for sellers to be fingerprinted, materials/articles offered for sale to be photographed, and the buyer to pay by check to be mailed to the seller with no cash transactions permitted, and materials/articles to be held for a period of time beyond the time required to report the transaction to local law enforcement.
Issue #9: Code of Criminal Procedure - Juvenile Jurisdiction.
Position: Texas Sheriffs support raising the age of Juvenile Jurisdiction from 17 to 18 years of age.
Issue # 10: Texas Constitution - Protect the Constitutional Office of Sheriff.
Position: to vigorously protect the authority, duties and function of the Office of Sheriff. And, to promote an efficient county government by encouraging the elimination of redundancies created by duplication of law enforcement services.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sheriff R. Glenn
Smith Issues Appeal to
Citizens In Fight Against Crime
Responding to the
number of citizens wanting to assist law enforcement officials
build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff R. Glenn Smith today announced that Waller County Citizens are being invited to become Associate Members of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas.
Membership invitations will go out in the mail over the next several weeks. Associate Member funding allows the Sheriff’s Association of Texas to provide critical training, technical resources, and legislative support on key criminal justice issues to law enforcement officers across the state.
addition, dues will
be used to support crime
prevention and awareness programs, promote public
additional training for sheriffs and other deputies, and
law enforcement officers.
Contributions to the Sheriff’s Association of Texas are tax-deductible. “The Associate Membership Drive helps provide the funding which is vital to our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work and
play,” said Sheriff Smith.
The Associate Membership Program was created to provide citizens with an opportunity to lend their support to more effective law enforcement and to better help local Sheriffs protect the lives and property of citizens.
times, the need for
building public-private law enforcement partnerships
escalate, and programs such as this continue to
grow in importance,”
said Sheriff Smith. “I
encourage every citizen
receiving a membership appeal to
consider joining forces
with us by becoming an Associate Member.
is a valuable investment in our future.”
Citizens not receiving a membership appeal or desiring more information can contact the Sheriff’s Association of Texas at:
1601 S. IH-35, Austin, Texas 78741
Founded in 1874, the Sheriff’s Association of Texas is a 501 (c )(3) non-profit professional and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of peace and the protection of lives and property of the citizens of Texas. Mr. Steve M. Westbrook serves as the Executive Director. Headquarters are located in Austin, Texas. The Sheriff’s Association of Texas does not make solicitations by telephone. If you receive a phone call from someone who uses the Sheriff’s Association of Texas name, please report it to your local Sheriff or County/District Attorney.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Notice of Public Hearing and
Meeting of Commissioner’s Court
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
6:00pm at the Waller County Courthouse
A public hearing to receive Public comments regarding proposed Waller County Ordinance No 2013-001; an ordinance prohibiting solid waste disposal in Waller County.
Seating inside the Waller County Courthouse will be limited for the hearing. Please be prepared to stand outside if necessary and prepare for weather conditions.