Boise code now prevents sale of non-shelter pets at stores, updates sections about animals in cars


    Dog sitting in the back seat of a black car
    The city of Boise has updated its city codes relating to animals left in hot cars, among other changes. (Getty Images)

    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.

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    Kelcie Moseley-Morris
    Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press. She has covered city and county government, crime and courts, education and the Idaho Legislature. She has received awards from the Idaho Press Club for her reporting on the aftermath of a $4.5 million budget shortfall at Nampa School District, as well as her reporting on campaign finance. Her specialty is reporting complex subjects related to fiscal policy in a straightforward, understandable way. Born and raised in Boise, Moseley-Morris lives with her husband, their daughter, and a silly dog named Olive in Meridian. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places, mostly for the food.