Las Vegas, Nevada

  • All dogs and cats over the age of 4 months are required to be spayed or neutered, with certain exceptions.

7.14.010 – Prohibition.
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. For purposes of this Section, the term “harbor” means to have legal ownership of, or to provide, on a regular basis, care, shelter, protection, refuge, nourishment, or medical treatment.

(Ord. No. 6094, § 1, 5-19-10; Ord. No. 6067, § 1, 11-18-09)

7.14.020 – Exemptions.
Section 7.14.010 does not apply to the harboring of a dog or cat:

(A) That is incapable of breeding, as determined in accordance with Section 7.14.030

(B) That is medically unsuited to undergo a spay or neuter procedure, as determined in accordance with Section 7.14.030

(C) That has received appropriate training (and certification by a recognized agency, if such certification is available), and is being used:
(1) By a law enforcement agency for law enforcement activities;
(2) By a search and rescue agency for search and rescue activities;
(3) As a service animal, such as a guide animal, hearing animal, assistance animal, seizure alert animal, or social/therapy animal;

(D) 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 by such organization; or

(E) By a person holding a valid dog fancier’s permit, cat fancier’s permit, breeder’s permit, or professional animal handler’s permit issued pursuant to this Title.

(Ord. No. 6067, § 1, 11-18-09)

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