INSPECTION AND SUPPRESSION OF DISEASES AMONG LIVESTOCK
25-237. Disposal of dead animal bodies, carcasses and body parts. (1) The administrator of the division is authorized to regulate the disposal of dead animal bodies, carcasses and body parts, and similar activities to protect public health, animals and the environment. The administrator is authorized to promulgate and enforce rules that may be necessary for the efficient administration and enforcement of this section. Such rules shall be consistent with other applicable state or federal laws or rules or regulations which relate to disposal of dead animal bodies, carcasses and body parts.
(2) Any person violating this section or rules promulgated under this section is guilty of a misdemeanor. Upon conviction, violators are subject to a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) and not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000) for each offense, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed six (6) months.
(3) Any person violating this section or rules promulgated under this section may be assessed a civil penalty by the department or its agent of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000) for each offense. Persons against whom civil penalties are assessed are liable for reasonable attorney’s fees. Civil penalties may be assessed in conjunction with any other department administrative action. Civil penalties may not be assessed unless the person charged has been given notice and opportunity for a hearing pursuant to the Idaho administrative procedure act, chapter 52, title 67, Idaho Code. If the department is unable to collect an assessed civil penalty or if any person fails to pay all or a set portion of a civil penalty as determined by the department, the department may recover such amount by action in the appropriate district court. Any person against whom the department has assessed a civil penalty under this section may, within twenty-eight (28) days of the final agency action making the assessment, seek judicial review of the assessment in accordance with the provisions of chapter 52, title 67, Idaho Code. Moneys collected for violations of this section or rules promulgated under this section shall be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the livestock disease control and T.B. indemnity fund. If the director determines that a person has not complied with this section or the rules promulgated under this section, the director shall identify appropriate corrective actions. The director may develop a formal compliance schedule to correct deficiencies caused by noncompliance. The director may, through a formal compliance schedule, allow all or part of the value of the assessed civil penalties to apply toward correction of the deficiencies.
(4) Nothing in this section requires the director to report minor violations for prosecution when he believes that the public interest will be best served by suitable warnings or other administrative action.
[25-237, added 2000, ch. 259, sec. 1, p. 730.]