Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe |
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Police Department, Municipal Enforcement Division enforces
various City and State animal welfare laws and ordinances.
We also respond to complaints of: Noisy or Barking Dogs,
Loose or at-Large Dogs, Animal Neglect or Abuse, Animal
Bites, Deceased DOMESTIC animals on roadways, and DOMESTIC
animals that are sick or injured.
Since City code does not regulate cats, we do not respond to
complaints that deal with cats unless the cat is noticeably
sick or injured. The City of Sandpoint has a contractual
agreement with the Panhandle Animal Shelter and all
impounded or quarantined animals are housed at their
facility at 870 Kootenai Cutoff Road, Ponderay, Idaho. The
contract covers the acceptance of dogs. Cats will be
accepted only if being place into quarantine by a city
The main goal of the Municipal Division is to ensure
compliance with City and State laws and ordinances while
maintaining the health and safety of our animal friends and
protecting the property of both the pet owner and non-pet
owner. Two full time officers staff the Municipal division.
Our hours are Monday through Friday form 8:00 am to 5:00pm.
After hours the Patrol Division handles calls
IS EASY AND IMPORTANT
One of the best and least expensive insurance policies for
the safety and protection of our pet is to license it with
the city of Sandpoint. IT'S THE LAW
The City of Sandpoint requires all dogs over the age of 6
months to be licensed with the city. This only applies to
dogs that live within the city limits, however, residents
outside the city limits are welcome to purchase a license as
a form of identification to help return a lost dog.
If you are just moving to Sandpoint or are getting a new dog
that is older than 6 months of age, you have 10 days to
acquire a license. If your dog is unlicensed you can be
cited and fined. Even indoor-only dogs or dogs that are
confined to fenced yards can get loose and their licenses
help assure you can be reunited with them. You really can’t
afford not to license your dog. We are doing all that we can
to protect your dog from harm, but we need your help. A dog
license identifies your pet and allows us to return it
safely to you. The best way to get your pet back home if it
should get lost is to ensure that it is wearing a collar
with a current license securely attached.
are no requirements for cats to be licensed in the city nor
are cats covered in City Code. If you have moved or your dog
has been lost, stolen, given away or is now deceased, please
contact the Sandpoint Police Department, Municipal
Enforcement Division at (208) 265-1482 or (208) 263-3188
Monday thru Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm. If it is after
hours or a weekend or holiday, call Bonner Dispatch at (208)
Currently the only location to purchase a dog license is at
the Finance Department at Sandpoint City Hall, 1123 Lake
Street. You will be required to provide proof of rabies
vaccination. If you do not have your vaccination certificate
you can obtain a copy from the veterinarian who administered
the vaccination. If a certificate is unavailable, your pet
will have to be re-vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.
Licenses are good for up to three years; however, your
rabies vaccination cannot expire before your license
expires. Licenses always expire on December 31st of the year
stamped on the license tag itself.
IN THE EVENT OF A BITE
WHAT DO YOU DO
IF YOUR ARE BITTEN BY AN ANIMAL
Call Municipal enforcement (208) 263-3188 or Bonner dispatch
(208) 265-5525 as soon as possible. Attempt to get a good
description of the animal and its location. If possible, and
it is safe to do so, try to find out who owns the animal,
where they live, and whether the animal is current on its
OFFERED BY MUNICIPAL ENFORCEMENT
Live animal traps—traps of various sizes available to loan
to residents of the city. (Deposit required) Reward program
for dogs that have owners attached by a leash.