Animal Services has humane traps available for your use in emergency situations. A trap rental agreement will need to be completed and a deposit of $75.00 for a wildlife trap is required. Deposit will be returned when humane trap is returned in good working order. The staff will be happy to show you how to set the trap.
A humane trap is a cage with a door on one end, which can be lifted up and set in place with a small hook. The door is connected to a flat metal trip plate on the bottom of the trap. The trap is baited by placing food at the back of the trap, past the trip plate. When an animal enters the trap, the weight of its paw on the trip plate triggers the door to shut behind it. The trip plate is far enough away from the door so that the animal is not harmed. Also note that by baiting a trap you run the risk of attracting other animals to your property.
Check the trap on a daily basis. Leaving an animal in a trap for an extended period without notifying Animal Control constitutes Animal Cruelty under the laws of the State of Texas, and is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment
For additional information please contact Animal Services at 972-412-6219 or by Email.