Animal curfew on the Las Vegas Strip approved
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- You're likely to see a lot less animals the next time you head out to the Las Vegas Strip. County Commissioners approved a new pet curfew on Tuesday.
The only time you're allowed to have an animal on the Strip is between the hours of 5 a.m. and noon, with a few minor exceptions.
The ordinance covers Las Vegas Boulevard from Sunset up to Sahara.
Karen Lane, president of the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society, was pleased to find out the county commission approved of the new pet curfew.
"This is about animals being exploited, or being used to obtain money," Layne said.
Layne approached the commission about implementing the curfew after tourists complained to her about animal abuse on the Strip.
"We've been told that the animals have been drugged, that many of these animals don't look like they should be there," Layne said. "Our concern for the public safety aspect is what happens if those animals bite someone?"
Animal advocates say the pet curfew is a huge victory, but those who make their living on the Strip say the reduced hours will hit their wallets.
Ray Cordova, an Elvis impersonator, says his dog is an important part of his sidewalk act on the Strip.
"I love my dog, my dog's my best friend," Cordova said. "I'm not going to bring my dog out at 5 a.m.
Cordova believes the curfew will not only seriously limit his ability to make a living, but it would inhibit him from doing something that he loves.
"5 a.m. and noon? How many people are out?" Cordova said. "I'm not going to have my dog out at 5 a.m. At noon, people are barely out of bed here in Las Vegas."