Laparoscopic Spay and NeuterEffective April 1, 2010 a new ordinance states that dogs and cats in the city of Las Vegas must be spayed or neutered by 4 months of age. All dogs and cats over the age of 4 months must be spayed or neutered unless the owner qualifies for one of the following exemptions:

  • Holds a valid dog fancier, cat fancier permit, breeder permit or professional animal handler permit
  • The dog is used by a law enforcement agency as a law enforcement dog
  • The dog is used by a search and rescue agency for search and rescue activities
  • The dog is a service animal such as a guide animal, hearing animal, assistance animal, seizure alert animal or social/therapy animal
  • The dog is being used by a pound, shelter, humane society or similar organization, whether public or private, the principal purpose of which is securing the adoption of dogs or cats, provided that such organization has a policy and rules requiring the spaying or neutering of all dogs and cats placed for adoption
  • All puppies or kittens born to dogs and cats that have not been spayed/neutered as required will be forfeited and may be given to the local shelter for adoption
  • The new ordinance also states:

  • Impounded dogs or cats that are intact, but whose owners do not qualify for one of the above exemptions must be sterilized prior to release
  • Provides that impounded animals be kept for only 72 hours
  • Requires that impounded animals be microchipped and that the owner pay for the microchipping prior to release
  • The ordinance does not require the microchip be enrolled with a national registry. The implantation of the chip does not help recover the animal, only enrollment with a national registry will provide the owner’s contact information
  • Pet Stores are required to provide the following information to Department of Detention and Enforcement
  • The name and residence address of the buyer
  • The address of the location where the dog or cat will reside, if not the same as the buyer’s address
  • The breed and approximate age
  • A description, including principal colors
  • Failure to provide this information shall be grounds for non-renewal of, or disciplinary action against, a business license
  • Fines for violation:

    $250 for a first offense

    $500 for a second offense

    $1000 for a third offense

    Data from http://www.akc.org/news/index.cfm?article_id=4005

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