Some say a dog's penchant to attack has to do with how they were trained or the kind of person who raised them. Others pin it on the nature of certain "aggressive" breeds like German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dalmatians, and Chihuahuas.
Then there are those who, regardless of breed, air on the side of even the best-trained, gentlest of dogs can bite. We find these folks typically view a dog's behavior as a response mechanism to threatening people or situations.
Still, we're not here to say one opinion is more accurate than another. We're dog-lovers with an interest in understanding how Idaho law protects our fur babies, and where it draws the line.
As of July 1, 2023, Gem State lawmakers recognizes six unique reasons and scenarios in which a dog is legally compelled to attack a citizen in the gallery below.
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No canine may be classified as high-risk or dangerous when, at the time they bite someone, the precipitating cause constitutes the following justified provocations:
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Once a dog is designated as dangerous or at-risk in accordance with Idaho law, the dog's owner must notify local law enforcement and have the dog chipped. They also must provide law enforcement with a colored picture of the dog and post Beware of Dog signs that are visible from the curb.
While the consequences are bleak, there's a silver lining for dogs who demonstrate good behavior after biting incidents. After a period of two years, the restrictions and requirements imposed by the court will be waived and the dog's status as a threat will be lifted. For more information, see Section 25-2810, Dangerous & At-Risk Dogs.
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