Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Isn’t domestic animal abuse already illegal in the state of Idaho?
A: Yes. However, the current laws (S1303; 2012) in Idaho allow for a first offense to be a misdemeanor, even if someone kills an animal in an intentional and horrific manner. Additionally, enforcement of animal cruelty laws in Idaho is designated solely to county law enforcement or animal control officials — we’d like to clarify the scope and obligations of enforcement for current laws.

Q: Does this mean the law will go after hunters shooting deer, elk, or any other game?
A: Absolutely not.
Hank’s Law is focused on changes to domestic/companion animal abuse and cruelty laws only. Hunting, fishing, and game laws are regulated by state Fish & Game Officers.

Q: Will I go to Prison if I kill a dog that is attacking me, my family, or anyone else?
A: That is not the intent of Hank’s Law. We believe there is a difference between abuse/cruelty and self-defense.

Q: What are you doing with the money from your fundraisers and donations?
A: Hank’s Law Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that uses the money gathered from fundraisers and donations to further promote Hank’s Law, by purchasing event space, stickers, banners, and other promotional materials; seeking legislative sponsors; and creating and distributing education materials.