Property damaged by a pet is generally considered negligence, rather than criminal, and thus payment to repair damage is a civil matter. If you fear the neighbor’s dog(s) getting into your yard, try fortifying your side of the fence to prevent them from doing so. Animal Control can also discuss options with your neighbors on ways to keep their dog(s) on their property. Until a dog has actually left its yard or injured another animal or human, charges generally are not able to be brought against its owner, i.e. no criminal laws have been broken.
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Call the non-emergency dispatch phone number (208-465-2257) to report your dog as lost. Give a description of the dog to dispatch. Post on Craigslist Boise in the Lost and found section, as well as on various forms of social media, such as Facebook lost and found pet pages, and NextDoor Neighbor. Make sure you leave a contact numbers and list the area that the dog was lost from. Contact the West Valley Humane Society (208-455-5920) to file a lost dog report, and go there to see if your dog has been brought in.
Nampa City Code 6-2-20A(h) states that only two dogs over the age of six months are permitted per house in the City of Nampa. If you desire to own more than two dogs, you will have to apply for a Kennel License at Nampa City Hall Planning and Zoning (411 3rd St S; 208-468-5484).
When Animal Control picks up a dog, we scan it for a microchip. If the dog has a chip and the information is current, we try to bring the dog home. If the dog has no form of identification on it, we bring it to the West Valley Humane Society (5801 Graye Ln, Caldwell). The shelter will hold on to the dog for a set number of days, giving the owners a chance to claim the dog, before putting it up for adoption.
No. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to take their dog to the Shelter and sign it over, i.e. owner surrender.
When you have located the address of the barking dogs, contact Nampa Animal Control and we can go out and talk to the dog owner to suggest ways to fix the problem. If it is an ongoing issue, the following is required in order for someone to sign a citation for nuisance noise (Nampa code 6-2-24):
There is no limit to how many cats a person may own in the City of Nampa. If you are having nuisance cat problems, refer to the West Valley Humane Society website regarding their Community Cat Program.
All dogs within Nampa city limits are required to have a Nampa City Dog License (per City Ordnance 6-2-20). There are discounts for Senior Citizens (over 65 years of age), if the dog is microchipped, and if the dog is spayed/neutered. Evidence is required to show proof that the discount option has been met. I.E., driver's license or legal I.D., veterenarian records showing spay/neuter, and rabies vaccination status. All dogs in Nampa are requiered to have a current rabies vaccination.
Note: underground electric fences do not qualify as an enclosure/fence under the definition of “enclosure” in Nampa Ordnance (Definitions: 6-2-1).