Dangerous Dogs

Dogs that meet the following criteria may be declared dangerous:

  • A dog that makes an unprovoked attack on a person that occurred in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept, or
  • A dog that commits an unprovoked act in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that act would cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack and cause bodily injury.

A person may report an incident which indicates a dog is dangerous as defined above. Requests for a dangerous dog declaration are filed at the local Justice of the Peace court by the individual. The court will notify the owner and Veterinary Public Health. Declaring a dog dangerous in Harris County is done by a duly elected Justice of the Peace.

The Process of Declaring a Dog Dangerous:

  • Step 1 – Person goes to their Justice of the Peace court and fills out the paperwork to begin the process. The paperwork will ask for the persons information, description of the dog, dog’s owner (name and address), and a description of the incident that led that person to believe the dog is dangerous.
  • Step 2 – Justice of the Peace court gives owner notice of the complaint. The owner has 5 days to deliver the animal to HCPHES Veterinary Public Health were it will be held until the legal process is completed.
  • Step 3 – Justice of the Peace court sets a hearing not later than the 10th day after the dog is delivers to Veterinary Public Health. Owner and complainant are notified.
  • Step 4 – Hearing is held and Judge determines if dog is dangerous according to definition.
  • Step 5 – If the declaration of dangerous is made, the owner has 30 days to comply with the requirements for keeping a dangerous dog, which includes liability insurance and a secure enclosure inspected by Veterinary Public Health.

If the dog is not declared dangerous it is released back to the owner.

Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 2
Judge Bill Yeoman
16715 Clay Road, #4
Houston, Texas 77084
(281) 463-2341

Electronic Payments Update

Electronic payment options will be reported to the operating company, Regional Water Corporation, on the following business day, excluding holidays (except for on-line bill pay). Please contact Regional Water regarding your electronic payment questions at (281) 897-9100.

Your water bill can be paid using one of the following automated payment options:

Via Credit Card
  • To pay your bill online please click here.
  • Enter 15 digit account number exactly as it is printed on your water bill and enter amount to be paid.
  • Website will validate the District Name and will ask if you want to make payment to Harris County MUD No. 71.
  • Confirm that the “District Name” and “Payment Amount” is correct and you will be prompted to enter your Discover or MasterCard credit card and billing information. Click “Complete Payment” button and payment is processed.
  • You will receive a confirmation receipt that contains a unique confirmation number once payment is processed and accepted. Please note that a confirmation number will not be given for declined transactions.
  • Customer pays 5% per transactions to the internet service provider.*
    (Example: $60.00 water bill x 5% transaction fee = $63.00 charge to credit card).
Check by Phone
  • Contact Compass Bank Telephone Payment Center
    Phone: (713) 881-0675
    Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm CST; Monday through Friday excluding bank holidays.
  • Compass Bank call center receives high volume of calls at certain times of the month. You may receive a message to call back or a busy signal. Plan on paying your water bill several days in advance of due date to avoid payment delay.
  • Customer must provide District Name, entire 15 digit account number, amount to be paid and banking information.
  • Customer will be given confirmation number to verify authorization of the transaction and will be mailed a written notification within 3 business days of the transaction.
  • Customer pays $3.95 per transaction to the service provider.*
    (Example: $60.00 water bill + $3.95 transaction fee = $63.95 payment).
Western Union Convenience Pay
  • Customer can pay water bill at select HEB, Kroger or other Western Union Convenience pay locations. Cash, check and money order are accepted forms of payment at these locations.
  • Western Union Convenience pay locations can only accept payment using the properly formatted 15 digit account number water bill coupon.
  • You must have the payment coupon present when paying at select HEB, Kroger or other Western Union Convenience pay locations. (Coupon is attached with water bill.)
  • Customer is issued a receipt for payment which contains store location, Western Union employee name, customer’s 15 digit account number, date paid and amount paid.
  • Customer pays ($1.00 per transaction fee to service provider.*
    (Example: $60.00 water bill + $1.00 transaction fee = $61.00 payment.)
Online Bill Pay
  • Customer initiates on-line check payment through their internet bill payment provider.
  • Customer provides the bill payment provider the District Name, 15 digit account number, settlement date, and payment amount.
  • Funds are transferred immediately from customer account and payment is mailed to Regional Water Corporation. Allow 7-10 business days for payment to be received at Regional Water Corporation.
  • Example: $60.00 water bill + $0.00 transaction fee = $60.00 payment).

*Transaction fee amounts are set and paid by the customer directly to the service provider. Harris County MUD No. 71 and/or Regional Water Corporation does not receive any portion of the transaction fee amount paid by the customer to the service provider.

Customers can continue to pay their water bill by mailing their payment to:
Harris County MUD No. 71
P O Box 690406
Houston, TX 77269-0406


Customers can continue to pay their water bill in person between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday:
Regional Water Corporation
12841 Jones Road, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77070

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