Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 12:13 p.m.
The Clark County Commission today approved an ordinance banning pets from the Las Vegas Strip.
The ban ordinance, aimed at preventing animal cruelty and animal bites, does not apply between the hours of 5 a.m. and noon and excludes working animals.
The vote comes after complaints that panhandlers were using pets to solicit sympathy from passersby, inducing them to give them money.
A California man told the Sun he had been bitten by a panhandler's dogs, a story that Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani brought up before the commission vote today.
The ban will be in place for a year, after which it will be reviewed to see if any modifications are needed.