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Pets Banned from the Strip
Pets Banned from the Strip

The Clark County Commission approved a ban on pets on the Las Vegas Strip.

The ban targets panhandlers that are using animals to pull on the heartstrings of tourists. The ordinance adopted Tuesday allows animals on the Strip and pedestrian walkways from 5 a.m. to noon. The ban does not apply to service animals.

County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani sponsored the ordinance. She says the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society brought the problem to her attention.

"This is not a homeless problem. This is about animals being exploited. They are being used to obtain money and that is our concern. We have been told that the animals have been drugged, that many of these animals do not look like they should be there. They are terrified," Karen Lane with the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society said.

The society and Giunchigliani said they were also worried about animals having to endure the extreme heat of sidewalks in the summer.

The ban will be in place for a year before it is up for a review again.


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