Hank was a sweet corgi-heeler mix puppy that was beaten to death by his owner's roommate while she was away. Hank's abuser was found guilty on two separate counts of cruelty to animals and harassment of an animal. "Great!" you might say? Unfortunately, animal abuse is only a misdemeanor in the state of Idaho.
What is Hank's Law Foundation?
We are a group of ordinary citizens who love animals and believe animal cruelty should be take seriously. Our goal is to work together to strengthen Idaho's anti-cruelty statues, encourage enforcement of animal protection laws, and provide public education on domestic/companion animal rights issues.
Amending current laws and helping people to understand why animal rights are important will be a long, difficult process, especially in Idaho, which is currently ranked 46th in the USA for its animal protection laws. Yikes.
Help us get Idaho politicians behind Hank's Law by showing your support. Your tax-free donations will be used to educate Idaho lawmakers and citizens about animal cruelty, current ineffective laws, and the connection between animal and human abuse.
Hank's story is a sad one. It stars out with an adorable Corgi/Red Heeler mix, full of love💕 - and ends with a tortured puppy who lost his voice and eventually his life at the hands of an animal abuser whose eventual punishment didn't come close to fitting the crime.
That's because the intentional abuse of a domestic/companion animal, no matter how cruel, is a misdemeanor, requiring at least three prior convictions before it is treated as a serious crime. The abusers who commit these crimes are free to target other animals, and, history has shown that they tend to move on to abusing humans as well.
We want to help be a voice for the voiceless.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Isn't domestic animal abuse already illegal?
A: Yes. However, the current Idaho laws (S1303 2012) 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. 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 educational materials.
How to help:
Help us get Idaho politicians behind Hank's Law by showing your support! Your tax-free donations will be used to educate Idaho lawmakers and citizens about animal cruelty, current ineffective laws, and the connection between animal and human abuse.
You can support us by purchasing a sticker or T-shirt.