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Issue #32 Animal Laws of Las Vegas

Leaving a cat or dog alone in a hot or cold car in Las Vegas, Nevada

It is a misdemeanor in Nevada for a person to allow a cat or dog to remain unattended in a parked or standing motor vehicle during a extreme heat or cold or in any other manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal. The penalty is:

  • up to six (6) months in jail, and/or

  • up to $1,000 in fines

Abandoning a disabled animal in Las Vegas, Nevada

Nevada animal abuse laws make it a misdemeanor for an owner, possessor, or custodian of a maimed, diseased, disabled, or infirm animal either to:

  • abandon the animal, or

  • leave the animal to die in a public street, road, or place, or

  • allow it to lie in a public street, road, or place more than three (3) hours after receiving notice that the animal has been lying there disabled

The punishment for abandoning a disabled animal includes:

  • up to six (6) months in jail and/or

  • up to $1,000 in fines.

Throwing substances injurious to animals in public places in Las Vegas, Nevada

It is a misdemeanor in Nevada when someone willfully throws, drops, or places (or causes to be thrown, dropped, or placed) upon any road, highway, street, or public place any of the following:

  • glass,

  • nails,

  • pieces of metal, or

  • other substances which might wound, disable, or injure any animal.

The judge may order a sentence of:

  • up to six (6) months in jail, and/or

  • up to $1,000 in fines

Dog restraints and enclosures

With regard to dogs, it is a crime in Nevada to restrain a dog for more than fourteen (14) hours during a twenty-four (24) hour period. It is also illegal to restrain a dog by either:

  • using a prong, pinch, or choke collar or similar restraint, or

  • using a tether, chain, tie, trolley or pulley system, or other device that:

    1. is less than twelve (12) feet in length, or

    2. fails to allow the dog to move at least twelve (12) feet or,

    3. allows the dog to reach a fence or other object that may cause the dog to become injured, entangled, or to die by strangulation after jumping the fence or object

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