The purpose of animal control in the City of Ponderay is enforcement of the standards and procedures for the care and ownership of domestic animals within the city set forth by the Ponderay City Council and establish minimum standards for animal care, control and treatment in the interest of public safety and animal welfare. This brief information does not address all aspects of animal ownership. The responsibility for the actions and behavior of domestic animals remains with the owner.
The functions of animal control are conducted by officers of the Ponderay Police Department. The entire City Code Section covering animal control can be viewed HERE.
The City of Ponderay does not require residents to license their dogs. However, dogs must be vaccinated for rabies and the rabies tag shall be securely affixed to the collar or harness of the dog for which it was issued.
Unless otherwise provided, any person who violates any provision of this chapter is guilty of an infraction, punishable as allowed by Idaho Code section 18-113A or any successor statute. If a person is found to have violated this chapter for the third time, that person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable as allowed by Idaho Code section 18-113 or any successor statute. Any subsequent conviction shall also be a misdemeanor.
Citizens are not allowed more than six (6) adult dogs, six (6) adult cats or any combination of the two exceeding the number of six (6) and any single parcel or aggregated parcels of real property where the result is the creation of a nuisance due to odor, noise, collection of fecal matter on the property in question or neighboring properties, or other public health or welfare concerns.
Animals At Large
Dog owners shall prevent their dogs from being at large and failure to do so constitutes a violation of City Code. However, dogs may be free from a leash while participating in field trials and obedience trials, while actively engaged in herding livestock, while assisting a peace officer engaged in law enforcement duties, or while hunting pursuant to Idaho fish and game regulations.
Female dogs in season (Estrus) must be securely confined.
Disturbing The Peace
It is unlawful for any person owning, keeping or harboring, or having the care, custody or possession of any animal, bird or fowl to keep or maintain, or to cause or permit to be kept or maintained, upon any premises in the city or upon any public street, highway, sidewalk, alley, park, playground or other public place in the city, any animal, bird or fowl which by barking, howling, whining, crowing or other audible noise disturbs the peace and quiet of any reasonable person or interferes with the reasonable and comfortable enjoyment of life or property.