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Estray / Loose Livestock
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office strives to protect all livestock from harm, theft or from roaming at large and will enforce all applicable laws to safeguard the welfare of the public and the livestock. When reports of estray are received, deputies in the patrol section are assigned, and are responsible for enforcing all applicable laws and with particular emphasis on the Livestock Laws of the State of Texas and the Texas Agriculture Code. The Texas Agriculture Code deems "Estray" as stray livestock, stray exotic livestock, or stray exotic fowl. Loose livestock or estrays are a major concern in Nolan County as the problem creates a potential for damage to property and even death on our roadways. With the continual growth in population and more cars on the roadways the problem continues to grow. The Texas Legislature has assigned the duties to the Sheriff of each county to address the problem.

Discovery of an Estray

It is important to know that if a citizen discovers livestock on his or her property without their permission they must report the presence of the estray to the Sheriff as soon as reasonably possible. It is then the Sheriff's responsibility to attempt to identify the owner of the animal and notify them for recovery except that if it is determined that the Estray is dangerous to the public then the Estray may be immediately impounded.

Running at Large on Highway Prohibited

A person who owns or has responsibility for the control of a horse, mule, donkey, cow, bull, hog, sheep or goat, may not knowingly permit the animal to traverse or roam at large, unattended, on the right-of-way of a highway.

Estray Act (Stray Livestock)

The Nolan County Sheriff's Office is responsible for transporting, selling and filing notice of livestock. The general procedure once livestock is impounded by the Sheriff's Office is for the Sheriff or deputy to make a diligent search for the identity of the owner of the Estray. If the search does not reveal the owner, a Notice of Estray is filed with the County Clerk's Office and a Notice of Impoundment is printed in the local newspaper. If the Estray is not redeemed by the owner, the Sheriff will sell the Estray at public auction.

Click here to learn more about the Estray Laws.

Livedex Livestock Registry

The Nolan County Sheriff's Office is encouraging livestock owners to call and register today to start utilizing Livedex, a service that allows deputies to quickly locate, identify and contact livestock owners in the event of a stray. The service is free and the information collected will be classified, stored in a secure device and will only be used by the office to locate and identify livestock owners; it will not be shared or disseminated to any private agency or entity.

Click here to learn more about the Livedex Livestock Registry.

Nolan County Sheriff's Office

Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas 79556
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