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County Commission approves Strip pet ban

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Steve Marcus

A panhandler sits with a dog on a pedestrian overpass near Planet Hollywood Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. The Clark County Commission on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, approved an ordinance banning pets from the Las Vegas Strip.

The Clark County Commission today approved an ordinance banning pets from the Las Vegas Strip.

The ban ordinance, aimed at preventing animal cruelty and animal bites, does not apply between the hours of 5 a.m. and noon and excludes working animals.

The vote comes after complaints that panhandlers were using pets to solicit sympathy from passersby, inducing them to give them money.

A California man told the Sun he had been bitten by a panhandler's dogs, a story that Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani brought up before the commission vote today.

The ban will be in place for a year, after which it will be reviewed to see if any modifications are needed.

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  1. Betting we see this one taken to court and it won't hold up. I don't like seeing the animals down there in the heat of the day but have a feeling the county commission don't have the legal power to uphold this law.

  2. They should extend the ban to be around the clock but thank goodness! Pets need a real home to exist in, not some concrete footbridge. I was just in Vegas last week and could never imagine subjecting one of my pets to these conditions for anything. I get it if a Vegas resident or visitor desires to walk their dog on the Strip for exercise but to have a cat just sit there for money without a way to properly relieve themselves is inhumane.
    While I am skeptical of some of these so-called homeless beggars, at least there are some that tell the honest truth about what they want when they ask for money. Crossing from Caesar's to Bill's Gambling Hall I observed a woman in a pantsuit asking for a job on her cardboard sign. Immediately afterwards I saw a beggar who said outright what he wanted: beer and smokes.