The Las Vegas Review Journal thought they were going to write a spectacular writer on the different exotic pets in the Las Vegas Valley. The article was pretty good: When chimps named Buddy and C.J. escaped recently in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood and a police officer shot and killed Buddy, it grabbed national headlines.
Their escape also dragged up an old local question: Does Clark County
maintain the proper oversight over exotic animals, and can it keep the
public and the animals safe?
The county treats keeping exotic animals as a land use issue rather
than a question of whether a person is qualified to keep the animals.
Fourteen properties in the county have permits for wild animals.
Seven are also licensed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which
inspects them about once a year.
The other half are generally only inspected by Clark County Animal
Control before their land-use permits are issued or renewed. Two to five
years can pass between checks on owners of lions, tigers and small
The part that makes this article dangerous is that the enclosed map in the print edition and on-line and they include the direct address of the what animals are at the address. So, any knucklehead, drunk or troublemaker can go to that person's house and mess with the animals and the property, like these idiots: