Urge Councilman to Take Responsibility for Death of Dogs


Target: Councilman Isaac Barron

Goal: Take responsibility for death of dogs due to fire on your rental property

Rental property owned by North Las Vegas City Councilman Isaac Barron caught fire recently and destroyed many single-family homes, including one that held almost 100 dogs.  Firemen who responded to the emergency found 94 dogs total in the single-family home, which Councilman Barron should have been aware of.  While firefighters were able to rescue 52 dogs from the fire, four had to be euthanized due to the severity of their injuries. Seventeen of those dogs are still being treated at the Lied Animal Shelter for burns and smoke inhalation.

Councilman Isaac Barron said he did not know that the tenants had so many dogs, even though he has said that he has known the tenants for years.  He says that he is looking into regulations to make sure the incident will not happen again, but so far no changes have been made to prevent such a tragedy.  While animal control says it is investigating and it is too early to press charges, it’s clear that someone must be held responsible.  Councilman Barron should have been aware of this extreme hoarding situation and must be held accountable.

Animal hoarding is a serious problem that can’t be ignored.  Ninety-four dogs being kept in a single home is 15 times more than the legal limit of animals in a single-family residence in Nevada.  Tougher hoarding laws should be issued and enforced in the future, but that does not erase the fact that this tragedy was preventable had the councilman been more cognizant of his property.  Councilman Barron should take full responsibility and make a large donation to the animal hospitals that treated the injured dogs, as well as the Animal Foundation that is holding the dogs until they recover and find homes.


Dear Councilman Isaac Barron,

The deaths of so many dogs from a fire on your property is very tragic.  While this fire was an accident, it is no excuse for the negligent behavior you displayed in regards to your property.  A good landlord would have picked up on this hoarding situation far sooner by conducting regular health and safety checks.  It is disappointing that there have been no repercussions for such a sad incident, and I would like to see a more concrete answer to this tragedy other than looking into regulations.  Please consider advocating for stronger hoarding laws as a result of this situation.

Animal hoarding is not healthy or helpful for animals.  To have so many die in a single fire is horrible.  I urge you to at least make a large donation to the animal hospitals that treated the burn victims and the Animal Foundation, which is caring for the dogs until they make a full recovery.  In the meantime, please take full responsibility for this tragedy and make a full effort to strengthen animal hoarding laws.


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  1. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs… (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  2. Unbelievable this! How can a single family have so many dogs at home and no-one knowing about them? Didn’t they ever bark or so, or run outside? Personally, I don’t much care who takes responsibility; more inclined to think about the welfare of the dogs and what will happen to them now…

    • Yes, exactly. No mention of if they’ll be going BACK to the same, stupid family!

      Also, the count doesn’t add up — 94 dogs, yet only 73 in total mentioned. What happened to the other 21???

  3. mark gillono says:

    “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

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