Does the Harris County District Attorney’s Office take charges when a dog bites a human?

Answer

The Animal Cruelty Section of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office does file charges for dog attack cases when supported by available evidence. This does not, however, mean that every time a dog bites a human the dog’s owner can be charged criminally. Texas law requires that the injuries caused by the bite be very severe, and several other specific criteria must be met. Most dog bites will not meet the legal criteria for criminal charges, but charging decisions are made on a case-by-case basis as evidence warrants.