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    Dog Bite Injury Laws for Bannock County, Idaho

    Brent Gordon Law Firm has experienced and trusted dog bite attorneys who have helped many residents of Bannock County, Idaho. The following is the dog bite injury laws for Bannock County, Idaho. Please check the following link to city ordinances for any updates or changes to the laws: (https://library.municode.com/id/bannock_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT6AN_CH6.04CODAAN ; Title 6  – Animals, Chapter 6.04 – Control of Dangerous Animals):


    BOARD: the Bannock County board of county commissioners.

    CONTROL BOARD: the advisory board created to oversee the regulation and enforcement process.

    COUNTY: county of Bannock, state of Idaho.

    DANGEROUS ANIMAL: Any animal or a species or a type likely to cause injury to a person, or any animal which has demonstrated a propensity to attack or cause injury to a person. This term specifically includes animals such as, but not limited to, lions, tigers, leopards, ligers, panthers, jaguars, lynxes, pumas, mountain lions, cougars, cheetahs, ocelots, bears, wolves, coyotes, nonhuman primates, crocodiles, alligators, as well as any poisonous reptile, and any hybrid or crossbreeds of these or other dangerous species. Specifically excluded from the term includes those animals commonly accepted as domestic in the United States, including but not limited to ostrich, llama, emu, bison, bison hybrids and the like which are farmed for food or fiber, or animals commonly regarded and kept as household pets.

    WOLF HYBRID: The factors for purposes of identifying a wolf hybrid shall be that four of the eight primary wolf characteristics are found: (1) eyes shine greenish orange; (2) ears rounded and smaller in proportion to those of the coyote; (3) snout is broad with nose pad wider than one inch; (4) legs are long; an adult would stand at a minimum of twenty-six (26) inches at the shoulder; (5) length is 4.5 to six feet from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail; (6) an adult weighs at least seventy (70) pounds; (7) tail is carried high or straight, not curly; (8) fur is long and coarse, varies from white to black but is generally grayish in coloration resembling the coyote. The underparts are not as white and the legs and feet are not as red as those of the coyote.

    Dangerous Animal Control Board Established

    There is created an advisory board who shall report to the board of county commissioners, and which shall be known as the dangerous animal control board.

    1. Membership of the board shall consist of seven members, as follows: one veterinarian, two persons who are animal care professionals, and four open seats reserved for interested residents. A designee from the county sheriff’s department shall serve as an ex-officio member of the board but shall have no voting rights. The board may adopt its own bylaws governing its procedures, but appointments shall be made by the county commissioners and shall run for a two-year period except initial appointments may be for differing periods to create a staggered appointment schedule to provide continuity for the board.
    2. The dangerous animal control board shall devise and implement regulations concerning the care and housing of dangerous animals, and the licensure of any person or entity desiring to own or hold a dangerous animal. Such regulations as are deemed necessary by the control board, shall be submitted to the Bannock County board of commissioners for their approval and inclusion in this chapter. Such regulations can be amended from time to time, and will be considered a part of this chapter upon resolution of the board of county commissioners adopting the same. It shall also be the responsibility of the dangerous animal control board to develop standards for procedures to grant or deny licensure and to provide administrative remedies for denials. It shall also be the responsibility of the control board to regulate all administrative action resulting in denial of permits, confiscation or destruction of any dangerous animal, or any other enforcement action as defined herein.

    (Ord. 1995-6A (part): Ord. 1995-6 § 4)

    Temporary Permits

    Upon passage of the ordinance codified in this chapter, any person currently owning or having in their possession or control any dangerous animal governed hereby must fill out an application for a temporary permit, which application may be obtained at the Bannock County sheriff’s office. The dangerous animal control board shall then have an additional thirty (30) days thereafter to review such application and issue any temporary permit on a case-by-case basis as determined as reasonable by the dangerous animal control board. Temporary permits may be denied if the applicant fails to show that the public will be adequately protected during the interim time period, and/or fails to show that the applicant will be able to come into substantial compliance with all regulations within the time granted by a temporary permit, which will not be more than thirty (30) days, except for exceptional circumstances shown and approved by the control board. The control board will establish regulations that govern the processing of new applications for permits after the ordinance codified in this chapter has been passed and is in effect.


    1. An eight-foot fence shall be required when housing a dangerous animal, also to include a two-foot infacing overhang or complete roof.
    2. In addition, a four-foot setback perimeter fence shall be required around any housing containing a dangerous animal, of chain link or equivalent.
    3. It is unlawful to keep any dangerous animal, including a wolf hybrid confined, as a primary containment on a chain or rope of any kind.

    (Ord. 1995-6A (part))

    Microchip Implants Required

    Each dangerous animal shall be implanted with a microchip by a certified veterinarian for identification.

    (Ord. 1995-6A (part))


    The provisions of this chapter do not apply to licensed pet shops, research facilities, zoological gardens, and circuses if they are otherwise licensed and regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture and do provide such proof of licensure to the county. Such entities shall, however, be required to obtain a permit without charge from the county.

    (Ord. 1995-6A (part): Ord. 1995-6 § 7)

    Violations – Penalty

    Any violation of this chapter shall be deemed a misdemeanor and shall be punishable as follows:

    1. It is a violation of this chapter to fail to make application for permit, or to hold any animal without obtaining the required permit.
    2. It is also a violation of this chapter for any person to violate any regulation concerning the housing, care or permitting of such dangerous animals.
    3. Any violation of any provision of this chapter shall be deemed a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding six months or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each animal held in noncompliance of this chapter shall be considered a separate offense. Each day an animal is held in noncompliance may constitute a new and separate offense.
    4. It is also a violation of this chapter for any person, after having obtained a permit pursuant to this chapter, to suffer or allow any such animal to escape from its enclosure. It is unlawful to abandon any covered species within Bannock County. Immediate notification to authorities upon discovery of missing animal is required.
    5. In addition to the criminal penalties contained herein, the county will have authority to revoke permits for violations of this chapter or the regulations adopted hereby, and to confiscate and destroy animals kept in violation of this chapter or these regulations. The dangerous animal control board shall establish by regulation the procedure for any such confiscation or proposed destruction, and shall conduct any hearings required thereby.

    (Ord. 1995-6A (part): Ord. 1995-6 § 8)

    Southeast Idaho Dog Bite Injury Ordinances

    If you or your child has suffered injuries due to a dog bite, the following are links to dog bite injury laws in some of the counties and cities in Southeast Idaho:

    Dog Bite Laws in Ammon

    Dog Bite Laws in Blackfoot

    Dog Bite Laws in Chubbuck

    Dog Bite Laws in Idaho Falls

    Dog Bite Laws in Pocatello

    Dog Bite Laws in Rexburg

    Dog Bite Laws in Bonneville County

    Dog Bite Laws in Bannock County

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