More and more states are starting to implement laws that make it illegal to leave your pet outside in extreme conditions.  Most of those laws state something like you cannot leave an animal outside for more than 30 minutes in temperatures above 90 degrees or below 32 degrees between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., or during wind, rain, snow, ice, sleet, or hail unless the animal has unlimited access to proper shelter.  Idaho has no such law.  Yeah.  You heard that right.  There is NO law in place at the current time that protects animals from extreme weather conditions outside.

How crazy is it that you can be fined and even arrested for breaking someone's window open to save an animal that's about to die but apparently its just fine for any owner to abuse their animal by throwing them outside all day?  The Idaho Humane Society does have a number of laws that in a round-about way protect these animals but there is nothing specific that prohibits owners from leaving their pets outside in freezing cold temperatures for extended periods of time.

Below is a picture of a small dog who was left in his outside bed with water that had frozen over becoming a block of ice.  This little guy didn't make it.


Credit: Atlantic County SpCA
Credit: Atlantic County SPCA

The Idaho Police Department urges the public to please step in and help if you see a pet out in the cold in danger of frostbite, hypothermia or other deadly side effects from freezing temperatures but officially there is NO law protecting these animals.  I hope I don't ever come across these little guys because I'll do a whole lot more than just bring them into safety.  I'm having words with the owner and they WILL NOT be kind.  And I'm not giving that animal back.  No way.

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