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Attempt Animal Poisoning

posted Dec 22, 2014, 3:04 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Dec 23, 2014, 4:53 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

A concerned citizen came into the Mesquite Police Department to report that he found hot dogs that were stuffed with a unknown blue substance. The citizen informed officers that he found the hot dogs while walking his dog at the north end of Chaparral Drive near the Vista Del Monte water tank.


Animal Control Division Manager Officer Joe Macias collected the hot dogs and sent them off to be tested by Nevada Department of Agriculture. The test results recently came back positive as a rodenticide.


Since the incident Mesquite Police Officers and Mesquite Animal Control Officers have been conducting extra patrol in the area where the poisoned hot dogs were found. Animal Control Division Manager Joe Macias cautioned pet owners by stating “We assume someone was trying to poison pets and or other animals by placing the poisoned hot dogs out where animals and their owners frequent. Pet owners should always walk their dogs on a leash and be aware of what your dog picks up in order to avoid them from ingesting something they shouldn't."


The Mesquite Police Department is actively investigating the incident and requests citizens notify police if they witness any suspicious persons and or activity in the area.       


Mesquite Municipal Codes:   


10-5-2: CRUELTY:

A. It is unlawful for any person to overdrive, overload, overcrowd, torture or cruelly beat, or unjustifiably injure, maim, mutilate or kill any animal, whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprive any animal of necessary sustenance, food, drink or shelter, or willfully instigate, engage in, or in any way further an act of cruelty to any animal, or any act to produce such cruelty.


B. It is unlawful for any person to ride or drive a horse while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug.


C. It is unlawful for any person to intentionally trip or fell any equine or bovine animal by the legs or by any means whatsoever for the purposes of, but without limitation hereto, sport or entertainment. However, this provision shall not be construed to prohibit or interfere with rodeo activities conducted in accordance with Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rules or other commensurate rules.


D. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit or interfere with the animal control officer or code or law enforcement officer in the exercise and performance of the powers and duties in this title set forth as to them, and any properly conducted scientific experiments or investigations performed only under the authority and direction of the faculty of any regularly incorporated medical college or university of the state of Nevada. (Ord. 433, 1-26-2010, eff. 3-1-2010)


10-5-4: POISONING:

It is unlawful for any person to unjustifiably administer any poisonous drug or substance to any animal, or unjustifiably expose any such drug or substance with intent that the same shall be taken by an animal, whether such animal be the property of himself or another. Nothing in this section or chapter shall be construed to:


A. Prevent or restrict an animal control officer, police officer, health officer or similar official in the exercise and performance of the powers and duties of such officers;


B. Prevent the eradication by poisoning of animals commonly considered pests which are harmful or destructive to man, other animals or property;


C. Prevent the eradication by poisoning of "vertebrate pests" as that term is defined by Nevada Revised Statutes 555.005;


D. Prevent scientific experiments or investigations on animals performed by an accredited medical college or research institution. (Ord. 433, 1-26-2010, eff. 3-1-2010)



Every person who is the owner of any animal, or keeps the same upon his/her premises or under his/her care, custody or control, shall keep the animal restrained by a fence, cage, coop, chain, leash or other adequate means so that said animal shall not leave or escape from the premises upon which it shall be kept. (Ord. 433, 1-26-2010, eff. 3-1-2010)