The city of Las Vegas spay and neuter ordinance continues to help make strides in addressing the problem of pet overpopulation in the city. Members of the Las Vegas City Council today received an update on the ordinance, which was adopted in November 2009. From the adoption date to this year, there has been:
- A 13 percent reduction in the number of trips made by Animal Control officers to the Lied Animal Shelter to drop off animals
- A 38 percent reduction in the number of animals being dropped off at Lied Animal Shelter by Animal Control officers
- A 24 percent reduction in complaints of animals running at-large
- A 23 percent reduction in the number of animals being turned into the shelter by the public
These reductions are significant because less animals are being euthanized and less money is being spent by the city to house impounded animals at the shelter. In addition, with less animals needing to be impounded, city Animal Control officers are able to spend more time in the community attending to the public’s needs, ensuring a safe and health community.
The ordinance was drafted with the input of representatives from the veterinarian community, humane organizations, animal control professionals, shelter providers and citizens. It is consistent with legislation adopted by the cities of North Las Vegas and Henderson and Clark County. It requires dogs and cats over the age of four months in the city of Las Vegas to be spayed or neutered, except under specified circumstances. Dogs and cats must also be microchipped before they can be recovered from impound or adopted from the Lied Animal Shelter. Among the exceptions are:
- Animals being held by a shelter or other organization for adoption;
- Animals held by persons with a fancier’s permit;
- Animals that are incapable of breeding or are medically unsuited for the procedure;
- Service and law enforcement animals.