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Question: Where can I find more information on Animal and Owner Rights?

We listed some good resources below:
Conway v. Pasadena Humane Society Constitution of the United States
Michigan State University College of Law
Animal Legal and Historical Center
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
APPEAL NO. 03-10988-HH
TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 241 CONSPIRACY AGAINST RIGHTS.
Section 241 makes it unlawful for two or more persons to agree together to injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States
TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242 DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS UNDER COLOR OF LAW.
Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials.
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Improper Care of Animals Concerns

If you have any concerns about the improper treatment of animals, please contact the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Industries (ISDA) at (208) 332-8562 or toll-free (866) 435-0490 to file a complaint or e-mail Idaho State Department of Agriculture at animal_info@agri.idaho.gov.

ISDA investigates cases of alleged animal cruelty in cooperation with local law enforcement. Local authorities also investigate animal cruelty allegations independently.

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Question: What kinds of wild horses and burros are available for adoption?

Wild horses are of no particular breed, but some exhibit characteristics associated with specific breeds. A typical wild horse stands about 14 to 15 hands (56-60") and weighs about 900 to 1,100 pounds. Horses are generally solid in color and predominantly sorrels, bays, or browns, although all colors occur. Horses offered for adoption range from several months to nine years of age. Most horse are five years or younger. Burros average about 11 hands (44") and weigh about 500 pounds. They are usually gray in color, although brown and black animals may be available on occasion. Jacks and jennies of all ages are made available for adoption.
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Question: March 2006 - I was informed that I could not install an electric fence or barbed wire fence within the city limit per Boise Municipal Code. I was driving north on S. Liberty St. to a business and noticed a property I assume belongs to the Idaho Humane Society. The property was fenced with barbed wire and an electric fence. Is this legal? See my photos 1, 2 and 3.

You are correct, Boise Municipal Code Chapter 11, Section 11-09-07, A. "Electric fences are prohibited within the corporate limits of Boise City" and B. "Barbed wire may be permitted in commercial and industrial zones only when used as the top section for security fences." You should check with Boise City to see if the property is within the corporate limits of Boise City. Link to Boise City Multi-Agency Directory.

Electric fences can be very dangerous. "Nearly 5,000 kids are seriously injured every year on farms and 300 are killed. And these are kids just your age - 10, 11, 12. In fact, on farms, kids get killed or seriously hurt more often than adults."
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Question: Is it legal for a private company to benefit from prison labor?

On March 3, 2006 we were driving down S. Liberty St. off of Victory road and noticed a Ada County Sheriff Van and the Sheriff inmate bus parked on or near where the private company, Idaho Humane Society, Inc., keep some horses. Prison inmates were cleaning the pens where the Idaho Humane Society, Inc. keep two horses.

This is a very good question. Inmates are normally used to maintain public property. This is the first time we heard of a private company benefiting from the use of prison labor. The best source to ask this question is the Idaho Attorney General Office. Phone Number: (208) 334-2400 Fax (208) 334-2530
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Question: Whom does our local nonprofit, Idaho Humane Society, report to? Did our taxpayers dollars pay for the Idaho Humane Society director trip to rescue dogs from the Katrina impacted area?

The Idaho Humane Society, Inc. does file reports with the three public entities that contract with them. You would have to request this information from the Idaho Humane Society, Inc., City of Boise, City of Kuna and Ada County.
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Question: How do I request a copy of public information?

Go to Boise City web page for The Office of the City Clerk Public Record. Here you will find the forms necessary to make your request. You can make a request to any public agency for public records, this includes any private corporation working under a contract with a public agency. Example: Idaho Humane Society, Inc.
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Question: What is Pet Insurance?

Pet Insurance is very similar to human health insurance which offers a range of programs tailored to suit the needs of domestic pets. While pet insurance remains a relatively under developed product in North America, with less than 1% of all pets being insured, European levels of insured pets range from 12% to 50%.
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Question: Is the Idaho Humane Society a agency of Boise City?

No, the Idaho Humane Society, Inc., is a private company that has a contract with Boise City and Ada County to provide private enforcement of the animal codes for both the city and the county. The city and the county pay the private company an annual fee with taxpayer funds for services.
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Question: Can I refuse the request for a Animal Control Officer to enter my property?

Yes, you can request an Animal Control Officer to leave your property if the officer does not have a signed complaint and the private property owner oral/written permission or have a court issued search warrant. TITLE 25, ANIMALS, CHAPTER 35, 25-3519. Representatives of the division are authorized and empowered to enter when probable cause exists, with the permission of the owner.
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Question: Our Animal Control Officer and his employer said they have immunity from civil suit, is this true?

No, the following statement is from THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT "Qualified Immunity is intended to protect all but the incompetent or willfully unlawful, but the Courts have made clear that a competent official is required to know the law which governs his conduct."
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Question: Our local Code Enforcement Officer just walks onto our property to inspect for code infractions, then ask us for permission to be on our property. Is this legal?

No, trespassing by a public official has been illegal for more than 36 years by case law.
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Question: Do the owners or managers of nonprofit organizations get paid?

Nonprofit organizations have paid and volunteer staff, but employment taxes and federal and state workplace rules are generally no different than those imposed on for-profit organizations. A common perception is that salaries in the nonprofit world are low and while this is generally true, the type of nonprofit organization can make a huge difference in how closely it compares to a for-profit business. Some nonprofit corporations pay more than $1,000.000.00 to the director of the nonprofit.

A nonprofit corporation is a business that must serve the public interest and it will succeed or fail as any business will, depending on how well it is operated.
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Question: We hear stories in the news about dogs, cats, and horses being mistreated and living in their own waste, has anyone been exposed to some contagious diseases?

Surprising our research does not show any private citizen or public official having been infected by these cases reported in the news. Our research did find one private business, Idaho Humane Society, Inc. that has had more than two contagious disease out breaks that have infected more than forty-five persons.
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Question: I just adopted a dog from my local Humane Society and the dog legs seem to be swollen. What can cause this swelling?

Feeding dog food high in corn or other grains. See this web site, Life's Abundance, for a comparison chart of differnet dog foods.
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If you have suggestions to help pets or pet owners affected by code enforcement officers or just a story to share drop me a comment at contact@humane-society-idaho.com

**Disclaimer: Code of Ordinances and/or any other documents that appear on this site may not reflect the most current legislation adopted by the Municipality or State. Humane Society provides these documents for informational purposes only. These documents should not be relied upon as the definitive authority for local legislation. Additionally, the formatting and pagination of the posted documents varies from the formatting and pagination of the official copy. The official printed copy of a Code of Ordinances should be consulted prior to any action being taken.**

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