Pet Theft – Simple Tips
National Pet Theft Awareness Day, February 14.

This important day is intended to increase public awareness of pet theft as well as everyday responsible pet care.

Nearly two million companion animals are stolen each year: many abducted from their yards to be used in dog fighting rings, sold to research laboratories or puppy mills, or used for dissection or other sadistic acts. There are simple steps per owners can take to ensure the safety of their pets:

1) Keep pets indoors when not at home
2) Ensure proper identification with a collar and I.D. tag and identification microchip
3) Spay and neuter pets: sterilized pets are less likely to roam
4) Keep dogs on leashes when outside and keep cats indoors
5) Never leave an animal unattended in a vehicle
6) Ensure that gates are padlocked and fences are high enough and secure
7) Keep pet licenses current and keep a current photo of pets on hand
8) If pet is missing call the Animal shelter to leave animal description, last know location and your contact information

It is a tragedy that any pet owner should suffer the heartbreak of a stolen pet.

If you believe your pet has been stolen, do not delay in filing a theft report by contacting the local authorities. Pet thefts often occur in groups within the same neighborhoods, and prompt reporting will increase your odds of recovering your animas and preventing additional thefts.

Bugsy 5Featured Dog: Bugsy

Bugsy makes a striking impression! He has contrasting black, brown and white markings! This little boy is a lovely mix of terrier and something else. Bugsy is so excited about his new chance at life. His favorite dream includes belly rubs, cuddles, walks, regular meals, toys, a clean bed and plenty of unconditional love. In return, he has an unlimited supply of tail wags, wet kisses and unconditional love for you. He is an amazing listener!  8 months- 1 year old


Barney 5Featured Dog- Barney


Barney was abandoned in a crate outside the shelter. He is a bit shy and sensitive from whatever happened in his previous life. He is a very nice dog and is starting to  feel more secure. He’ll need daily exercise and interactive play time with you. He does very well on a leash and is house trained. He is medium size with short legs and a nice personality. Approx 1-2 years old.

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

The animals submitted to the media may have changes so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals.

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information.  and