What exactly is considered animal abuse?

According to Chapter 6, Section 43 of the City of Killeen Code of Ordinances, animal cruelty consists of but is not limited to: 

*Causing or permitting combat between animals or between animals and humans

*Any type of surgery performed by a person other than a licensed veterinarian (i.e., ear cropping, tail docking, dewclaw removal, etc.)

*Failing to provide water, shelter, or sufficient food to an animal

*Failing to provide proper veterinary care

*Confining an animal in a motor vehicle, conveyance, or trailer in such a way or for a period of time that may endanger the health, safety, or well-being of the animal

*Tying, chaining, tethering, or staking a dog under conditions or for a period of time that may endanger the health, safety, or well-being of the dog


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1. Do dogs and cats have to be spayed or neutered?
2. Where can I find the city ordinance pertaining to animals?
3. What is a microchip?
4. How many dogs / cats can I have in Killeen?
5. Can I have pigs in the city limits?
6. Is there a rule about rabbits?
7. Can I keep chickens or carrier pigeons in the city? What about turkeys or pheasants?
8. Does my dog have to be on a leash when I take him/her for a walk?
9. What should I do if I find a stray animal?
10. What exactly is considered animal abuse?
11. What can I do if I have seen someone abuse their animal?
12. What is the rule about stray cats?
13. Someone's dog bit me. What should I do?
14. My animal escaped from my back yard. Where can I look for it?
15. How can I be sure my animal is returned to me in case it gets away?
16. My pet has died; how do I dispose of the body?
17. Where do I go to pay a fine for an animal violation?
18. What do I need to do to adopt a pet from the city animal shelter?