LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – With scorching temperatures sweltering the valley, it’s important to keep our pets safe. So that begs the question, what do you do if you see an animal in distress in a backyard or a car?
“If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal, first see if there is shade and water, then call animal control. It’s the best thing you can do, ”said Larry Hadfield, Metro’s public information manager. “If you have to take life changing action, be sure to call the police if there is any property damage. If it breaks the window to save that dog’s life, then that will be up to you. “
8 News We took a look at how well staffed animal control services are across the valley.
Metro has a detective in its animal cruelty unit, but will soon be hiring a second.
In North Las Vegas, there are five officers in the Animal Welfare Services Unit. Officer Alex Cuevas explains:
“Each officer responds to a call for service, and the enforcement actions can range from a warning, a citation, and even the owner’s possession of the animal.” Prison is also possible.
Cuevas says if you witness animal abuse, call North Las Vegas Animal Protection Services at (702) 633-9111
In Henderson, there are usually one or two field animal control officers per day, and Boulder City has three.
No matter how many agents are there, the signs to watch out for are the same.
“When it comes to dogs, one thing people should be aware of is a hard panting, hanging tongue, and glassy, fuzzy eyes,” Cuevas explained.
You can reach the City of Las Vegas Animal Control at (702) 229-6444.