Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Isn’t domestic animal abuse already illegal?
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.