City code changes regarding animal cruelty went into effect on Monday, updating sections of code surrounding animals left in vehicles and prohibiting the sale of non-shelter animals at retail stores.
“This represents a complete re-write of our animal code, setting the ‘gold standard’ for our furry friends and creates a ‘compassionate animal code’ for our family companions and exotic animal friends that is more in line with Boise’s kindhearted values,” Boise City Councilman TJ Thomson said in a press release.
According to the release, and the city of Boise website, the updated code includes these provisions:
- Animals cannot be left unattended in cars under weather conditions that endanger their well being
- A “Good Samaritan” immunity from penalties, damages and civil liability for those who rescue animals from life-threatening conditions, as long as the individual dialed 911 first
- A new section prohibiting the sale of non-shelter dogs and cats at retail pet stores, as well as the transfer of those animals on public property
- Clarifications to city code around dog licensing, rabies vaccinations and service animals
Thomson collaborated with the Idaho Humane Society and other community groups to update the code, the release said. The first draft was presented to the City Council in July 2019, and public input was gathered earlier this year.
“My hope is that other municipalities across Idaho follow suit and adopt these changes to ensure all our furry friends, regardless of where they reside, share the same benefits of a code that looks out for their safety, care and well-being,” Thomson said.
The complete updated code is available online.