The dogs, consisting mostly of caucasian shepherds, appeared to be neglected and suffering from serious medical conditions
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), at the request of the Nye County Sheriff, is urgently mobilizing to offer much-needed assistance with the care of approximately 300 dogs, primarily caucasian shepherds including puppies and pregnant dogs. These animals were rescued from alleged cruelty in Pahrump, Nevada.
"When the ASPCA received an urgent request to support the Nye County Sheriff and staff with this case, it was clear immediate intervention was necessary to ensure these animals, who appeared to be neglected and suffering from serious medical issues, could be moved to safety so they can receive much-needed care," said Teresa Ladner, senior director of investigations for the ASPCA, in an organizational release.1
"The ASPCA's priority is to prevent and respond to animal cruelty nationwide, and we're grateful to be in a position where we could mobilize quickly to assist these animals. We thank the Nye County Sheriff's Office for intervening and recognizing the need for assistance so we can work together to bring an end to this horrific situation."
According to the release, the ASPCA is helping with evidence collection and crime scene processing, legal assistance, forensics exams, daily care, and supplying medical and behavioral support for the large-breed dogs. Additionally, the organization is providing necessary supplies to support the emergency sheltering operation (ie, additional food and kennels) to supplement donations already made by public.
"We are grateful for the support of the ASPCA and are working around the clock to ensure these dogs receive the best care. The support from the ASPCA will augment the tireless hours my staff has already put in and will ensure a positive resolution. I appreciate the outpouring of support from the public and organizations locally and nationwide, and we could not have gotten this far without the donations," said Sheriff Sharon Wehrly, in the release.1
The animal cruelty charges have been filed based on evidence obtained by the Nye County Sheriff's Office while criminal charges from this case are being prosecuted by the Nye County District Attorney's Office. Additionally, the ASPCA is providing investigative and legal assistance for further support.
The ASPCA's response initiatives have been made possible with support from the Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust.
ASPCA providing urgent care for hundreds of large-breed dogs rescued from alleged cruelty in Nevada. News release. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. September 1, 2022. Accessed September 2, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aspca-providing-urgent-care-for-hundreds-of-large-breed-dogs-rescued-from-alleged-cruelty-in-nevada-301616547.html