If you are considering filing a nuisance complaint, you may be interested in taking advantage of a FREE time-saving alternative called the Neighborhood Justice Center. The Center's personalized no cost mediation service may help you resolve your dispute more quickly than through the courts. You will also have more control over the outcome.
For information on the Neighborhood Justice Center programs, call (702) 455-3898.
Meanwhile, we have compiled this page of information based on Frequently Asked Questions. Feel free to explore information of the topics listed below. Just select a topic and click to read more. For additional questions not addressed here, call the Animal Control office at (702) 455-7710.
Animals impounded by Clark County are transported to The
Animal Foundation’s Lied Animal Shelter
located at 655 N. Mojave Road. If you would like more information regarding adoptable animals please take at look at The Animal Foundation's Web page.
As a pet owner, microchipping is the best thing you can do to ensure reunification with your pet if it gets lost. When Animal Control impounds a stray animal, shelter staff try to identify the owner of the pet by checking for tags and/or a microchip. If identification is found, attempts are made to contact the owner of record. If you've lost a pet, the first place to check is The Animal Foundation's Lied Animal Shelter at 655 N. Mojave Road, which is the contracted shelter for residents of unincorporated Clark County and the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. Plan to visit at least once or look for your pet's picture on The Animal Foundation's website under Lost & Found at: www.animalfoundation.com. After a three-day hold period, the pet becomes the property of the shelter and is eligible for adoption.
All warm blooded animals involved in a bite to a human being must be quarantined for 10 days to insure they are free from rabies.
Clark County does not require animal licenses. All dogs, cats, ferrets, pet rabbits, and potbellied pigs within the unincorporated area of Clark County are required to have the following forms of identification: Microchip Device or Current Owner Identification Tag. Additionally, all dogs, cats, and ferrets must display a current rabies vaccination tag.
Breeding Cats & Dogs
Anyone who breeds dogs or cats in Clark County is required to have a breeder/show permit. All intact animals covered by this permit must be shown at least once per year. Permit holders are required to limit the number of pets kept on premises and to have microchip identification devices implanted on adult cats (8 months or older) and dogs (1 year old or more). A breeder may only allow one litter per female each year, and a female may not be bred until she is at least eighteen months of age. Permit holders also need to include their permit number in advertisements offering dogs or cats for sale. See Clark County Animal Control Ordinances for more information.
Buying A Puppy
Many people want to add a new puppy to their families. You may want a certain breed or have the desire to raise a puppy and watch it grow. Remember that proper care of any pet means there will be costs involved that include food and health care, as well as a commitment of time for exercise, play and training. Consider these tips before bringing home a pet:
- Look to your local shelter first. Thousands of animals enter into The Animal Foundation's Lied Animal Shelter and other local shelters each year and desperately need good homes. You will not only save a pet's life through adoption but also bring a pet home that has been spayed or neutered, up to date on shots, and microchipped.
- If you don't see a breed you are looking for at a local shelter, there are many rescues in the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding area. Many are breed specific.
- Beware of backyard breeders who sell online, accept cash only, and won't let you see the parents of the puppies or their medical records. Avoid any transactions in parking lots. Ask the right questions:
- Is the puppy healthy? Puppies should not be sold or given away until they are 8 weeks old or no longer nursing.
- Does the breeder have a breeding permit and business license? These are public documents required in Clark County and the neighboring cities. Any advertisements should include the breeder's permit number. The seller also should provide a written sales contract to the purchaser.
- Has the puppy received its first shots? Ask to see the puppy's medical records or insist on meeting at a veterinarian's office to ensure the puppy's health.
Cruelty or torture means any act causing unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death to an animal. All animals must be provided shelter and water at all times.
In December of 2015, Clark County adopted an ordinance to allow for free roaming cats in the community. The Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) program is designed to reduce the number of feral cats being euthanized and at the same time, protecting those cats and reducing the overall feral cat population. As part of the effort, Clark County Animal Control will loan traps to citizens who are willing to trap feral cats and transport them to The Animal Foundation for examination by a vet, ear-tipping, vaccination, sterilization and release back into the community. For more information about the program, call Clark County Animal Control at (702) 455-7710.
Clark County Animal Control does not accept anonymous noise complaints. Please be advised that a post card will be mailed to the residence of the offending party and both parties will received a letter from the Neighborhood Justice Center for a request for mediation to resolve the complaint. This process is intended to provide for quick resolution. The Neighborhood Justice Center letter should arrive a few days after the postcard is received. Should mediation fail to resolve the problem you will need to contact our office to be provided with a District Attorney's packet in order for the case to be screened for potential prosecution. This process also requires the corroboration of two additional neighbors to process the criminal complaint. All witnesses will need to agree to testify in court.
Number of Pets
No more than three dogs and three cats (over the age of 3 months) are allowed at one residence without a permit.
Pet Fancier's Permit
Contact Clark County Animal Control at (702) 455-7710 to set up an appointment to apply for a pet fancier’s permit for cats or dogs, and to schedule an inspection of your property. The permits cost $50 and must be renewed annually. A condition of the permit is to allow a scheduled inspection of your property each year by an Animal Control regulation officer. All dogs or cats must be sterilized to qualify for this permit. The permit allows up to six dogs, one year of age or more, or 10 cats, 8-months-of-age or older. All animals are required to have microchip identification implants with microchip numbers registered with Clark County Animal Control.
Clark County is dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership including the sterilization of pets. Sterilization of dogs, cats, ferrets, pet rabbits, and potbellied pigs is required by 4 months of age unless the owner has a current exemption.
These exemptions are:
- The owner obtains a Breeder/Show Permit for dogs or cats.
- A licensed veterinarian provides a letter attesting that the animal cannot be
sterilized either permanently or for a specified period of time.
- Animals that are being used by a law enforcement agency.
All dogs, cats and
ferrets within the unincorporated area of Clark County are required to be
vaccinated for rabies at 3 months of age, and as needed thereafter. The
vaccinations may be good for one year or three years after the date
administered. Check with your veterinarian for details.
Vaccines help prevent many contagious illnesses, including ones that can be fatal, that pets may encounter if they are outdoors at all, socialize with other animals in public places or travel with you. To stay on schedule with vaccinations, follow the recommendations your veterinarian. Puppies and kittens are particularly susceptible to certain contagious diseases and should receive their first vaccines for preventative care within 6-8 weeks of birth. These vaccines are recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association:
5-in-1 DA2PPV includes distemper, adenovirus I & II, parainfluenza, parvovirus (All five vaccines given in one shot) + Bordatella + Rabies (Required annually).
4-in1 DA2PPV includes feline viral rhinotrachetitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, chlamydia (All four in one shot) + Bordatella + Rabies (Required annually).
All pets must be restrained to the property of the owner, or on a leash.
Living areas for animals must be kept clean and free from offensive odors, animal waste, or any other offensive or unwholesome conditions.