Category Archives: Idaho

Preston, ID: Council declines to repeal BSL

Preston, ID council has decided not to repeal BSL. The issue was brought for discussion after a resident’s request for repeal, and the police chief and city attorney both recommended repeal. The council voted 3-1 against repeal.

Preston currently includes in its definition of “vicious animal”: “any pit bull terrier, defined as any Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dog or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier as to be identified as partially of the breed of Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier by a qualified veterinarian duly licensed as such by the state.” Various restrictions are placed on the ownership of vicious animals.

Contact info for Preston
City Of Preston, 70 West Oneida, Preston, ID 83263
Phone: (208) 852-1817
Fax: (208) 852-1820
Mayor and Council
F. Lee Hendrickson, Mayor, bigbaron37@q.com
Saundra Hubbard, Council President, 302momhub@gmail.com (favored BSL)
Neal P. Larson, larsonnp@gmail.com (favored repeal)
Travis M. Kunz, cpa@sparrowkunz.com (favored BSL)
Todd D. Thomas, toddthomas@prestonidaho.net (favored BSL)

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bigbaron37@q.com; 302momhub@gmail.com; larsonnp@gmail.com; cpa@sparrowkunz.com; toddthomas@prestonidaho.net

Preston will keep pit bull ban, family plans to put down pet

Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 4:01 pm
By Devin Felix

PRESTON – The Preston City Council chose Monday not to remove a city law that places restrictions on pit bulls, much to the disappointment of a Preston family.[…]

The decision came despite a recommendation by the city’s attorney and police chief that the law be changed.[…]

Councilmembers Todd Thomas, Travis Kunz and Saundra Hubbard all supported keeping the pit bull-specific part of the law, while Neal [Larson] spoke in favor of removing it. Thomas and Kunz were the most vocal councilmembers on the topic. Thomas said he worried that, while the Tolmans’ dog may be well-behaved, other pit bulls might not. Kunz agreed. […]

Full article retrieved 7/19/11 from http://news.hjnews.com/news/article_84ffc45a-b254-11e0-8deb-001cc4c03286.html

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Preston, ID: Council to consider BSL repeal, July 18

After a request by a resident, Preston city council will consider repeal of long-standing BSL. The police chief and the city attorney have researched the issue of BSL and intend to make a recommendation during the council meeting on July 18. At this time, we do not know what the recommendation will be.

Preston currently includes in its definition of “vicious animal”: “any pit bull terrier, defined as any Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dog or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier as to be identified as partially of the breed of Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier by a qualified veterinarian duly licensed as such by the state.” Various restrictions are placed on the ownership of vicious animals.

Contact info for Preston
City Of Preston, 70 West Oneida, Preston, ID 83263
Phone: (208) 852-1817
Fax: (208) 852-1820
E-Mail: prestoncity@prestonidaho.net
Mayor and Council
F. Lee Hendrickson, Mayor, bigbaron37@q.com
Saundra Hubbard, Council President, 302momhub@gmail.com
Neal P. Larson, larsonnp@gmail.com
Travis M. Kunz, cpa@sparrowkunz.com
Todd D. Thomas, toddthomas@prestonidaho.net

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bigbaron37@q.com; 302momhub@gmail.com; larsonnp@gmail.com; cpa@sparrowkunz.com; toddthomas@prestonidaho.net

Dog in exile: Ordinance forces Preston family to keep pit bull out of town

Posted: Sunday, July 17, 2011 11:49 am
By Devin Felix

[…] The council plans to consider the issue at its meeting Monday, and the Tolmans hope the members will vote to remove the portion of the law that singles out pit bulls.[…]

Tolman approached the City Council at its June 20 meeting to ask for an exemption to the ordinance, presenting letters from the dog’s veterinarian and several others who are familiar with the dog vouching for his non-aggressive demeanor. The council denied the exemption but asked city attorney Clyde Nelson and Chief Sparrow to research the issue of breed-specific restrictions and make a recommendation on whether the ordinance should be changed.

Council member Travis Kunz said he sympathizes with the Tolman family, but he couldn’t say whether the council would be willing to change the ordinance. Kunz said he began researching the issue after Tolman approached the council and found that pit bulls have a long reputation of aggression. He said he is concerned that granting an exemption for the Tolmans or changing the ordinance might lead to the city being held liable if Toby or another pit bull were to attack someone. […]

Full article retrieved 7/17/11 from http://news.hjnews.com/news/article_8702de30-b09d-11e0-a7b8-001cc4c002e0.html

Idaho S1143 would prohibit municipalities from passing BSL

Edit 5/1/11: This bill did not pass the House before the legislative session adjourned; now dead.

Idaho S1143 would, among other things, prohibit municipalities from defining dogs as vicious or dangerous based on their breed.*

Excerpt from S1143:

25-2814. LOCAL REGULATION. The provisions of this chapter shall establish as state law minimum standards and requirements for the control of dogs and to provide for certain state crimes for violations of such minimum standards and requirements. Provided however, this chapter shall not supersede or invalidate existing ordinances of local governments or prohibit local governments from adopting and enforcing ordinances that provide for more restrictive control of dogs, including more restrictive definitions of a dangerous or vicious dog, provided such definitions are not specific to one (1) or several breeds of dogs.

*S1143 does a lot more than this, so it is recommended that you read through the entire bill before determining whether to support or oppose it.

Idaho S1143 may be read and tracked here: http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2011/S1143.htm