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ANIMAL CRUELTY

To report animal cruelty or neglect within Ada County, call the Idaho Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control Division, please fill out our online form, call 208-343-3166, or email [email protected]. 

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, a Humane Officer may ask you to sign a complaint against the animal’s owner.

REQUEST A WELLNESS CHECK

If you believe an animal is living in unsanitary conditions or is being neglected, our Humane Officers can perform wellness checks for animals living within Boise, Meridian, Kuna, Eagle, and Unincorporated Ada County. For animal welfare concerns outside of our area of legal jurisdiction, we can advocate and request wellness checks with local police and sheriffs.

REPORT NEGLECT OR ABANDONMENT

If you believe an animal is living in unsanitary conditions, living with excessive matting or other outward signs of neglect, living without appropriate shelter/shade, water, or food; or has been abandoned within Boise, Meridian, Kuna, Eagle, and Unincorporated Ada County, our Humane Officers have jurisdiction over animal-related complaints.

For animal abuse outside of our legal jurisdiction, we advocate and work with local sheriffs and rescue groups for collaboration. We may also take in animals stemming from large-scale abuse cases on a case-by-case basis.

REPORT ANIMAL CRUELTY

If you believe an animal is being harmed within Boise, Meridian, Kuna, Eagle, and Unincorporated Ada County, our Humane Officers have jurisdiction over animal-related cruelty complaints. For animal abuse outside of our legal jurisdiction, we advocate and work with local sheriffs and rescue groups for collaboration. We may also take in animals stemming from large-scale abuse cases on a case-by-case basis.

LIVESTOCK CONCERNS

The Idaho Humane Society is responsible for initial checks into livestock issues within Boise, Meridian, Kuna, Eagle, and Unincorporated Ada County. We work directly with the Department of Agriculture and Brand Inspectors to investigate and assess livestock concerns. 

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.

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 at 208-343-3166.  The Idaho Humane Society will 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 8am to 6pm seven days a week, and an answering machine will record reports after hours. If you report a crime against animals, you may remain anonymous.

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