The state of Texas is pretty serious about their leash laws. If a dog isn't contained (fenced yard, on a leash, even on a chain) it's considered a stray. If the dog is sitting on your property in your front yard and it isn't fenced, it could be considered a stray.
You have to blame all the folks who allow their pets to run loose and destroy property, chase people etc. and not the agency who attempts to protect the animals from their own owners. Same thought train regarding intact animals. Sad, but true.
I do agree, it's a steep fine. And it would hurt my pocket book if I had to pay it. But looking at the big picture, I'd much rather my dogs be safe in custody of someone who was attempting to keep them safe and not someone harboring them in hopes of creating a couple of litters for some extra bucks. Or even worse, have them running the streets and getting hit by traffic or killed by wild life.
Hondo Von Dopplet L Bauernhof "Hondo"- GSD
Lilie's Tug McGraw "Tug" - Golden Retriever
Maggie - Mini Dachshund (Rescue)
Lonestar Pivo - Texas Blue Lacy
Ashe - Barn Cat
Katie / APHA