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When calling the City of Bridge City Animal Control about a stray animal, please give a detailed description of the animal (breed, color, size, collar, tags, etc.). If you know where the stray animal belongs, let us know the address, so we can make contact with the owner. Please provide your name, phone number and / or address in case the Animal Control Officer needs to get more information from you about your complaint. Your information will be kept confidential.
Animal Control takes all dogs to the Bridge City Animal Shelter on Sewer Plant Road. Wildlife picked up by Animal Control Officers is relocated and released in accordance with state and local laws.
Immediately call and/or go to the Bridge City Animal Shelter (our phone number is 409-735-8898) to see if your pet has been brought in. If your pet is not there, file a lost report with the Animal Control Officer. You will need to come back to the shelter every 2 to 3 days to see if your pet has been brought in. Check with your neighbors to see if they have seen your dog. You may also want to check the lost and found section of the local newspapers and place an ad there yourself.
Contact the City of Bridge City Municipal Court at 409-735-2236 to determine the amount of the fine. Remember that you have ten days from the date the summons was given to you to respond to the Municipal Court.
Local Ordinance requires that the owner or custodian (excluding animal shelters) of each domestic dog shall have the animal vaccinated against rabies before four months of age and within each subsequent 12-month interval (annually) thereafter. The vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. Failure to vaccinate your dog against rabies can result in a fine and/or summons to Municipal Court. Remember that vaccinating your pets is your family's first line of defense against rabies. Your pets are more likely to have contact with a wild animal than you.
Rabies is an acute viral disease that attacks the nervous system, resulting in paralysis and almost certain death once the symptoms appear. The rabies virus is present in the saliva of the rabid animal. The most common way the disease is spread is by a bite from an infected animal. Though rare, rabies also can be spread if the infected animal's saliva comes in contact with fresh scratches, open wounds or mucous membranes such as the lining of the eyelid.
If your dog or cat has been in contact with one of the following high-risk animals: skunk, raccoon, bat, fox or coyote, contact your Animal Control Officer immediately for guidance. If the wildlife animal is dead or can be caught then it may be shipped for testing. You are also advised to consult with your veterinarian. Your pet may need vet care for injuries, and may need to be given a booster rabies vaccination if he is currently vaccinated, or a series of vaccinations if he is not currently vaccinated.
Your dog must be confined at all times, even on your property, by a sufficient fence and/or humanely chained in such a manner that he cannot leave your property. Failure to properly confine your dog can result in a fine and/or summons to Municipal Court.
Currently, there is no leash law for cats.
If wildlife is frequenting your property, then you need to identify what is attracting them. Pet food left out during the evening hours and open garbage containers are usually the problem. If a trap is needed, contact City of Bridge City Animal Control 409-735-8898.
Check the Rate Chart (Inside City Limits [PDF] or Outside City Limits [PDF]). Your bill has a minimum charge for water and sewer, if you have no usage with an active account or usage up to a consumption of 2,000 gallons you will be billed the minimum bill. Check for leaks. Even a small leak can be very costly; find out using this Water Wiser Drip Calculator. Read your own meter, if the City is called out to reread your meter there will be a $15 charge added to your account.
Your sewer usage is based on the amount of water usage. Most water runs through the sewer system.
We are required by the state and the TECQ to clean wastewater before returning it to the environment. The dirtier the water is, the more expensive it is to clean it.
Your water meter is located just below the ground in the meter box located on the utility easement, normally adjacent to the street. You read the meter just like you would if you were reading the odometer on your vehicle (from left to right). Your meter registers in gallons. If you should attempt to read your meter, please be aware...your meter may be the home to spiders, snakes, frogs or fire ants!
You can check your water usage by taking your most recent utility bill and locating the “present” reading. By subtracting the current reading on your meter from the “present” reading on your most recent bill, you can determine your consumption since the meter was last read. If the current reading is less than that “resent” reading noted on your bill, a reading error or error in data entry has been made. Please call our office at 409-735-6801 for assistance in correcting this. We do try to catch these errors prior to billing, but sometimes they do slip by. For billing purposes, your meter is usually read between the 20th and 25th of each month. Keep in mind that the bill is for a month prior - you can note the “service from” and “service to” dates on your bill.
Because the ground usually stays moist here there is usually mud/dirt over your meter. If our technicians come out to read they know just where the meter dials are, so they do not always clean out where the meter is. They can move just enough mud / dirt to see the reading. The meters are normally read through a wireless system, therefore you may not see a meter reader.
Your meter can also be used to determine the presence of “problems” in your plumbing system. Your meter is equipped with a “tattle tail” triangle located on the face of the meter. To check for leaks, turn off all equipment and faucets. Watch the triangle closely, if there is any movement, this indicated that there is a problem that needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible. Take turns turning off each toilet to see if one of the toilets shows a leak. If you are unsure about this process, we can have a customer service technician assist you. Failure to get this problem fixed will result in higher consumption and a higher utility bill.