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In new animal ordinance, Ada County could redefine a ‘dangerous’ dog. What would change?

Ada County leaders are considering whether to update their animal ordinance to make it align more closely with state law related to “dangerous” dogs and to add more specific animal cruelty provisions. At a Wednesday meeting, members of the Ada County Commission discussed a new 24-page animal ordinance, which would replace the shorter existing ordinance.

Under current county law, dogs can be declared “vicious” through a hearing process with the Idaho Humane Society. If a dog is determined to be “vicious,” it will be killed, though dog owners can appeal the society’s decisions to a magistrate judge. Read more…

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