Reporting Animal Cruelty

To report animal cruelty or neglect within Ada County, call the Idaho Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control Division at 208-343-3166 or email aco@idahohumanesociety.org. Please provide the dispatcher with a telephone number where you can be reached, the exact address where the animal can be found, a description of the animal, and a description of the abuse or neglect the animal is suffering. If you have personally witnessed animal cruelty, the animal control officer may ask you to sign a complaint against the animal’s owner.

If you have any knowledge of animal fighting occurring anywhere in Idaho, alert your local law enforcement agency and urge agency officials to contact the Idaho Humane Society for assistance. You can also call the statewide animal fighting and cruelty hotline at 866-430-9432. The Idaho Humane Society maintains the toll-free phone line to receive reports of animal fighting or cruelty from throughout the region. Rewards of up to $5,000 are offered for reports of illegal animal fighting that lead to a conviction. The phone line is manned from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, and an answering machine records reports after hours. If you report a crime against animals, you may remain anonymous.

What is dog fighting?

Dog fighting is a sadistic crime in which dogs are intentionally fought for entertainment and gambling. The injuries suffered by dogs participating in these fights are severe, and even fatal. Dogs may die of hemorrhage, shock, dehydration, exhaustion or infection hours or even days after the fight.

Dogs used in these fights have been specifically bred and trained for fighting and are unrelenting in their attacks. Often, dog fighters train their dogs to kill using smaller animals such as cats, rabbits or small dogs. Dogs that are unsuccessful or unwilling to fight are often discarded, killed inhumanely or used to train other dogs.

Thousands of dollars are wagered on dog fights. Additionally, dog fighting is connected to other types of violent crimes and illegal drug trafficking.

In 2007, a dog fighting ring was uncovered in Malad City, Idaho, and that same year the Idaho Humane Society lead the successful effort to make dog fighting a felony in our state.

What is cockfighting?

Cockfighting is an organized fight between roosters. The fights only end when one rooster is dead or too weak to continue. They are held before an arena of spectators who often wager large sums of money on the outcome of the contest. Cockfighting is a misdemeanor offense in Idaho.

The birds, which are bred and raised for the purpose of fighting, are often given drugs such as strychnine, caffeine, amphetamines and epinephrine to make them more aggressive and increase their endurance. Their natural spurs are sawed off and replaced by razor sharp steel blades.