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Reporting Animal Cruelty or Neglect

To report animal cruelty within Ada County call Idaho Humane Society Animal Care and Control at (208) 343-3166. Please provide the dispatcher with a telephone number where you can be reached, the exact address where the animal can be found, a description of the animal, and a description of the abuse or neglect the animal is suffering. If you have personally witnessed animal cruelty, the Animal Control Officer may ask you to sign a complaint against the animal’s owner.

Statewide Animal Fighting and Cruelty Hotline

Call: (866) 430-9432
Email: ACO@idahohumanesociety.org

The Idaho Humane Society maintains a toll free phone line to receive reports of animal fighting or cruelty to animal reports from throughout the region. Rewards of up to $5,000 are offered for reports of illegal animal fighting that lead to a conviction. The phone line is manned from 8 am to 6 pm seven days per week, an answering machine records reports after hours. If you report a crime against animals you may remain anonymous.

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What is Dogfighting?

Dogfighting is a sadistic crime in which dogs are intentionally fought for entertainment and gambling.

  • The injuries suffered by dogs participating in dogfights are severe, and even fatal.
  • The American pit bull terriers used in most of these fights have been specifically bred and trained for fighting and are unrelenting in their attacks. Their extremely powerful jaws are able to inflict severe wounds and broken bones.
  • Dogs may die of hemmorhage, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. Often, dog fighters train their dogs to kill using smaller animals such as cats, rabbits or small dogs, which are frequently stolen from their owners.
  • Thousands of dollars are wagered on dog fights. Additionally, dogfighting is connected to other types of violent crimes and illegal drug trafficking.
  • In 2007, a dogfighting ring was uncovered in Malad City, Idaho and that same year the Idaho Humane Society lead the successful effort to make dogfighting a felony in our state.

The American Pit Bull Terrier, when properly bred, socialized and trained is a loving, highly intelligent and dependable family dog. However, in the hands of dog fighters these pets are horribly abused and can be a danger to the community.

What is Cockfighting?

Cockfighting is an organized fight between roosters that are placed in a pit to fight each other.

  • These birds, which are bred and raised for the purpose of fighting, are often given various legal and illegal drugs such as strychnine, caffeine, amphetamines, and epinephrine to make them more aggressive, and increase their endurance.
  • The natural spurs of the roosters are sawed off and replaced by razor sharp steel blades.
  • These fights only end when one rooster is dead or is too weak to continue.
  • Cockfights are held before an arena of spectators who often wager large sums of money on the outcome of the contest.
  • Cockfighting is a misdemeanor offense in Idaho.

This injured rooster, rescued from an organized cockfight in Kuna, Idaho by the Idaho Humane Society, demonstrates the brutality of these bloody “contests.”

If you have any knowledge of animal fighting occurring anywhere in Idaho, alert your local law enforcement agency and urge agency officials to contact the Idaho Humane Society for assistance.

(866) 430-9432 or email ACO@idahohumanesociety.org