Animal Control provides:
- Enforcement of animal related state statutes and all ordinances under Title VII of the Las Vegas Municipal Code as it pertains to animal welfare, and public health and safety.
- Rabies control and quarantine.
- Animal cruelty investigations.
- Barking dog, animals-at-large and animal sanitation complaints.
- Regulation of pet shops, grooming parlors and other animal-related businesses.
- Administration of the city’s contract with the Animal Foundation, a private humane organization that houses and cares for animals impounded by Animal Control that provides lost and found, pet adoption, micro chipping and vaccination clinics, and stray animal intake 24/7.
Animal Control offers 24-hour service, seven days per week. Normal hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. An emergency callout officer is available after normal business hours. Our 24-hour service request line is (702) 229-6444, option 2.
Animal Control does not pick up owned animals, dead or alive. This is an owner's responsibility. Owned animals may be taken to the Animal Foundation during normal business hours. If you need emergency medical services for your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Lost and Found
All animals impounded within Las Vegas city limits are sheltered at the Animal Foundation, located at 655 N. Mojave Road. For information regarding a lost animal or information regarding The Animal Foundation, call (702) 384-3333 or visit the web at www.AnimalFoundation.com
Pet Licensing & Permits
All dogs, cats and ferrets over the age of four months and kept in the city of Las Vegas must be licensed. The license provides proof of ownership/identification should your pet get lost and proof of rabies vaccination. For more information on pet licenses, visit the city licenses page. The city also requires a variety of pet permits. For more information on pet permits, visit the city permits page.
Whether it’s a dog, a cat or a cuddly critter, The Animal Foundation has the perfect pet for you! For more information visit the Animal Foundation website.
All dogs, cats and ferrets over the age of four months and kept in the city of Las Vegas must be licensed. The license provides proof of ownership /identification should your pet get lost and proof of rabies vaccination.
For more information on pet licenses, visit the city licenses page.
The city also requires a variety of pet permits. For more information on pet permits, visit the city permits page.
The city offers a "ticket home" to owners of currently licensed pets. For more information on this program, visit the city programs
The law requires rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets within 30 days after reaching three months of age. Rabies vaccinations must be given by a licensed veterinarian.
- Restraint Law - It is a civil infraction for any animal to be at large within the city limits of Las Vegas. Dogs and cats must be secured, restrained by a leash or lead, or confined within the real property limits of its owner or keeper by means of a fence, cage, coop, chain, leash or other restraining device.
- Sanitation - Pet owners are responsible to keep their private property clean and free of animal waste and odor. Likewise, pet owners must promptly clean animal waste from public property or the property of others. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor.
- Barking Dogs -The owner of a dog that barks excessively, or any noisy animal, may be subpoenaed to appear in a civil hearing and subject to being fined if not corrected. If talking with the owner has not solved the problem, contact Animal Control. Please provide an exact address. On the first and second complaint, Animal Control will send a letter to the owner. After the third complaint within six months, both parties will be referred to the Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center for mediation in an effort to resolve the problem. If mediation fails, you will be asked to provide a written voluntary statement detailing the complaint, including, but not necessarily limited to, documenting dates, times and duration of the excessive noise. Your statement, if possible, must be corroborated by at least one additional person who lives in the neighborhood. All persons submitting a written statement must be willing to appear in the civil hearing.
- Biting Animals - The owner of a biting animal is often civilly liable for personal injury, and depending on circumstances, can be criminally prosecuted. Animals with a history of biting may be declared dangerous, with restrictions being placed on how the animal is maintained by the owner. Animals that bite after being declared dangerous, or those that have caused serious injury may be declared vicious. Vicious animals are unlawful to keep in the city of Las Vegas, and in the State of Nevada. This means euthanasia for the animal and potential criminal charges against the owner. All bites inflicted by warm-blooded mammals must be reported to the rabies control authority, which, within the corporate city limits of Las Vegas, is the Animal Control Unit. Anyone with knowledge that an animal bite has occurred is obligated by law to report it to Animal Control. This includes the victim, medical facility or the pet owner. (Keep the rabies vaccination record for your pet handy.) Biting animals must undergo a 10-day quarantine for health observation. Animal Control would prefer to home quarantine, providing the rabies vaccination is current, and the owner can provide a secure area to keep the animal confined. If the above criteria are not met, the animal must be impounded for observation at the Animal Foundation.
Municipal Code Section 7.14
Except as otherwise provided in Section 7.14.020 it is unlawful for any person to harbor within the City any dog or cat over the age of four months that has not been spayed or neutered.
Any person who violates Section 7.14.010 is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be fined.
All animals impounded within Las Vegas city limits are sheltered at the Animal Foundation, located at 655 North Mojave Road. For information regarding an impounded animal or information regarding Animal Foundation, call (702) 384-3333 or visit the Animal Foundation website . Fees for Impounded dogs and cats include an impound fee of $25 and a daily boarding fee of $10. Fees for impounded wild animals or livestock include an impound fee of $100 and a daily boarding fee of $10.
Animal Control recognizes that urban pigeons can be a source of annoyance to many people and local businesses. Urban pigeons are considered unprotected feral birds. The urban environment provides an ideal accommodation for pigeons, mainly because of a plentiful food supply, made to order sheltering facilities and a lack of natural enemies. Please consider the following when dealing with nuisance pigeons:
- Eliminate the food sources by covering trash receptacles, pick up refuse or discarded food products. Don't feed your pets or leave food dishes outside.
- Pigeon proof your structure by enclosing the openings to vents, attics, eaves, garages and around air conditioning units with screen material. Flat surfaces at roof edges may be fitted with a beveled piece of wood to make perching difficult.
- Purchase an artificial predator such as an owl, hawk, snake or cat, and post in area where pigeons congregate.
- Population reduction: Most pigeon infestations occur on private property and it is the owner's responsibility to attend to the problem. Sometimes the infestation is so great that eradication is the only viable solution. Many private pest control agencies are knowledgeable and licensed to handle pigeon infestation. Follow up preventative maintenance is absolutely necessary in order to eliminate the possibility of reinfestation. Shooting pigeons or using explosive devices to scare pigeons is unlawful within the city limits of Las Vegas.