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Rigby - Dog Bite LawsBelow are the dog bite injury laws for Rigby, Idaho that are relevant to the ownership and control of a dog.  Please check the following link to city ordinances for any updates or changes to the laws: (http://www.cityofrigby.com/use_images/citycode/citycode_animal_control.pdf , Title 5 Animal Control):

Dog Owner Defined

The term “owner”, as used in this Chapter, shall be construed to mean and include any person, association, or corporation owning, harboring or keeping a dog or dogs within the corporate limits of the City. (1980 Code § 6.9.2)

Dog License Required; Fees

  1. Annual License Required: It shall be unlawful to keep, maintain, harbor or possess a dog within the City unless the owner or person in charge of said dog shall have obtained an annual dog license from the City.
  2. License Fees: The fee for said annual dog license shall be five dollars ($5.00) for each neutered male dog and spayed female dog, and ten dollars ($10.00) for each unneutered male dog and unspayed female dog. (1980 Code § 6.9.2; amd. 1999 Code)

Issuance Of Tag; Fee For Duplicate Tag

  1. Issuance Of Tags And Receipt: The license fee shall be paid to the City Clerk, who shall thereupon give to the person paying for such license a receipt reciting the owner’s name, the number of the license; and also a metal tag or disc bearing the year of issuance and a license number corresponding with that mentioned in the receipt.
  2. Lost Tag; Fee For Duplicate: In the event of loss of the license tag, a duplicate shall be provided the owner by the City Clerk at the expense of fifty cents ($0.50) for each tag.
  3. Affixing Tag To Collar: Said license tag or disc shall be affixed to a collar worn by the dog to be licensed under the provisions of this Chapter. (1980 Code § 6.9.2)

Noncommercial Kennel License

  1. License Required; Application; Consent; Fee:
    1. License Required: It shall be unlawful to keep, maintain, harbor or possess upon the premises of any one household more than two (2) dogs unless the owner or person in charge thereof shall have obtained a noncommercial kennel license.
    2. Application; Consent Of Neighboring Property Owners: Application for a noncommercial kennel license shall be made to the City Clerk or Chief of Police and must be accompanied by the written consent to such noncommercial kennel by at least seventy five percent (75%) of all the persons in possession of premises within one hundred feet (100′), measured on street lines, of the premises upon which said noncommercial kennel is to be maintained.
    3. Application Fee: Said application shall be accompanied by the deposit of a license fee of five dollars ($5.00) for three (3) dogs, and an additional one dollar ($1.00) for each dog over three (3), which deposit shall be returned to the applicant if the license is not finally issued.
  2. Contents Of Application; Conditions For Approval:
    1. Contents Of Application: The application shall state the name and address of the owner, where the noncommercial kennel is to be kept and the number of dogs. (1980 Code § 6.9.2)
    2. Compliance With Health Regulations: The application shall be submitted to the Mayor and City Council, and the Council shall determine whether or not the location and operation of said kennel complies with the health ordinances in the City. If such determination is unfavorable, no license shall be issued. (1980 Code § 6.9.2; amd. 1999 Code)
  3. License Nontransferable; Term; Report Changes:
    1. Nontransferable; Term: Noncommercial kennel licenses shall not be transferable, and shall expire on December 31 of the year in which issued.
    2. Report Changes; Pay Additional Fee: Whenever additions are made to the number of dogs for which a kennel license has been issued, the licensee shall, within three (3) days, report to the City Clerk and pay the required license fee; provided however, that whenever puppies are born to a dog theretofore counted in computing the license fee, such puppies shall not be counted as additions until three (3) months old.
  4. Issuance Of License; Additional Requirements: The issuance of a noncommercial kennel license shall not obviate the necessity of obtaining an individual dog license nor shall any of the provisions hereof be deemed to vary or alter any of the zoning ordinances of the City. (1980 Code § 6.9.2)

Control or Confinement Required

Except as provided by Section 5-4-7 of this Chapter, it shall be unlawful for any owner to allow or permit any dog, whether licensed or not, to be or remain upon the streets or alleys of the City, or in any public place in the City, or upon any other premises without the consent of the person in possession of such premises, unless:

  1. Such dog shall be in the charge of a person and controlled by a leash; or unless
  2. Such dog shall be confined in a motor vehicle. (1980 Code § 6.9.2)

Public Areas Designated for Training and Exercise

The City Council may designate such areas of the public park or other public grounds of the City which may be used, subject to such rules and regulations as may be prescribed, for the training or exercise of dogs. Dogs within such areas so designated need not be controlled by leash but shall be under the control of a responsible person and controlled by a whistle, voice or other effective command. (1980 Code § 6.9.2) 

Rabies; Procedure Upon Detection

  1. Disposal Of Afflicted Dog: Any dog afflicted with rabies shall be disposed of immediately either by the owner or by the Chief of Police.
  2. Quarantine Or Impoundment Authorized:
  3. The Chief of Police, his assistants, or any person designated by the Chief of Police shall have authority to order the owner of any dog showing symptoms of rabies, or of any dog which has bitten any person so as to cause any abrasion of the skin, to subject such dog to the City pound for quarantine for a period of not to exceed fifteen (15) days, and if such owner shall pay one-half (1/2) of the regular fee for keeping dogs impounded, no other fee shall be charged. If such fee is not paid, the dog shall be subject to disposal as provided in Section 5-4-10 of this Chapter.
  4. Provided, however, that in lieu of submitting such dog to the City pound, the owner may, at his expense, admit such a dog to a veterinarian for examination. (1980 Code § 6.9.2)

Noisy or Vicious Dogs

It shall be unlawful to keep, maintain, harbor or possess a howling, barking, noisy or vicious dog. Any such dog shall be considered as a public nuisance and may be abated as such. (1980 Code § 6.9.2)

Seizure of Stray Dogs; Notify Owner; Fees

  1. Police Duties: It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police, his assistants, or any other person designated by the Chief of Police, to seize, kill and properly bury in some suitable place within the County any and all dogs, whenever and wherever found, whether on public or private property within the City without a collar with such license tag or disc, as prescribed in Section 5-4-3 of this Chapter; and also any and all such dogs wearing collars with such license tag or disc, whenever and wherever found, whether on public or private property, on which the owner has failed to renew the annual license; provided, that when a dog wearing a collar with a license attached has been taken up, the Chief of Police shall notify the owner, if known, who may thereupon recover possession of the dog upon payment of the license fee, fine and cost.
  2. Fees: Costs shall be fifteen dollars ($15.00) for pick-up fee and fifteen dollars ($15.00) a day for impound fee. (Ord. 393, 6-19-1984; amd. 1999 Code)

Violation; Fines

Any person violating the provision of this Chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on the first offense shall be punishable by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than three hundred dollars ($300.00). A second offense shall be punishable by a fine not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00). A third or subsequent offense shall be punishable by a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and/or five (5) days in jail. For purposes of this Section, all violations within three (3) years of the last offense shall be considered. (Ord. 393, 6-19-1984)

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