They may be able to put it on a fast track, if the Court of Appeals in Tarrant County allows for fast tracking. However, it is extremely unlikely that they will be able to make anything happen faster than is set forth in the Texas Constitution and rules of court.Last week I was told that they have 15 days to put together another hearing but I also know the city attorneys were trying to press the judge to get this speeded up.
Appeals are made to the state court of appeals rather than at a city or county level. Basically, you are asking the State to overrule the decision of the lower court. Texas is divided into 14 Courts of Appeal, each court covering a certain area. The Second Court of Appeal would have jurisdiction over Arlington, and is located in Fort Worth. Both Arlington and Fort Worth are located in Tarrant County. So the above statement is somewhat confusing. The Second Court of Appeal consists of seven Justices and has appellate jurisdiction over appeals arising from district and county courts in 12 counties.Plus there is the complication I was told when I was there last week that in fact there may be no place in that county for them to actually appeal...but no one really knows what that means.
According to my research, depending on the species they shouldn't have any prairie dog births as they only have one litter a year and mating occurs in January for the black tailed and March or April for the white tailed. Short tailed opossums have a gestation period of about 2 weeks, so if they were pregnant they should have had them by now.Things seem stable for the moment, with of course the exception of the ADDITION of new animals in all the births of hedgehogs, some guinea pigs and I am sure soon to be seen gerbils, prairie dogs, spotted ground squirrels and possibly short tailed opossums.