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Majority of nearly 300 dogs seized from unlicensed facility outside Las Vegas euthanized, others flown to specialty center

2 face animal abuse fees in large-scale breeding operation, deputies say

PAHRUMP, Nev. (KLAS) — Nearly 200 dogs seized as half of a large animal abuse investigation have died or had been euthanized due to their situation, animal welfare advocates confirmed Tuesday to 8 News Now.

In August, Nye County sheriff’s deputies situated some 300 dogs, some together with frozen puppies, throughout two unlicensed services. Detectives discovered 257 dogs on a property in Amargosa Valley and an extra 25 animals in Pahrump, courtroom paperwork stated.

In addition, deputies discovered dozens of frozen puppies.

The majority of the dogs are Caucasian Shepherds, a big breed offered for safety and safety.

Detectives situated 257 dogs on the Amargosa Valley property in August, courtroom paperwork stated. In addition, sheriff’s deputies discovered dozens of frozen puppies on the unregistered facility. (KLAS)

Oskana Higgins and Vasili Platunov face felony animal abuse and neglect fees in reference to the case. A report famous the dogs’ proprietor, Platunov, lives in Pahrump, however maintained “a breeding operation” on the Amargosa Valley tackle. Higgins is recognized within the paperwork because the caretaker on the property.

A choose ordered the county to flip the animals over to the ASPCA for continued medical care and behavioral assessments to put together them for adoption.

“When the ASPCA stepped in at the request of the Nye County Sheriff’s Office in September, we provided daily care and medical and behavioral support for 276 dogs at the emergency shelter in Pahrump,” a spokesperson stated. “ASPCA veterinarians conducted in-depth exams on the dogs and observed significant medical issues among the population that required urgent medical care.”

Out of the 276 animals, 171 had been humanely euthanized due to medical or behavioral points, the spokesperson stated. Six animals died naturally.

The ASPCA transferred the bulk of the dogs that would survive to a specialised recovery center in Ohio, utilizing a 747 cargo airplane. Sixteen others had been positioned with the Nevada Humane Society, with a number of of these animals already adopted, the spokesperson stated.

“The ASPCA views every animal as an individual and each dog was continually monitored, assessed, and provided both medical and behavioral support by credentialed medical and behavior experts to help determine the most appropriate outcome and placement option,” the spokesperson stated, “Sadly, due to severe medical and behavioral issues, six dogs passed away and the remaining dogs rescued from this case had to be humanely euthanized. As victims of alleged cruelty, horrific living conditions and likely irresponsible breeding practices, many dogs suffered from a wide array of serious medical conditions, severe aggression and/or extreme fear that made them unsafe to place or caused a poor quality of life.”

Nye County Sheriff’s Office investigates animal cruelty case in Amargosa Valley. (NCSO)

The 82 dogs introduced to the Ohio facility proceed to obtain therapy due to medical and conduct points.

“While there is still a long road ahead for these victimized dogs to heal and thrive, our hope is that many can be placed into new, loving homes in the future,” the spokesperson stated.

Platunov’s lawyer, Thomas Gibson, stated in courtroom this summer time that his consumer was within the course of of shifting the dogs from Pahrump to Amargosa Valley.

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