The nearly 300 dogs in Nye County, NV. who were found in deplorable conditions in Pahrump and Amargosa Valley, are getting much-needed medical care and attention.
At the request of the Nye County Sheriff, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) mobilized to provide much-needed assistance with the care of these dogs -primarily Caucasian Shepherds including puppies and pregnant dogs. Many of the dogs are in need of urgent care as they are severely underweight and suffering from untreated medical conditions. Moving the dogs to safety requires a team of Veterinary and dog care professionals and our partners at ASPCA and Pahrump Animal Shelter (the organization that has been providing temporary housing for these dogs) need help from the animal welfare community to save these animals.
*photos provided by ASPCA
Nevada Humane Society (NHS) team member Albert has a passion for rescuing dogs in need and over a decade of experience in animal sheltering and dog behavior training. When we received the request to support this rescue effort by sending trained staff members to help, Albert didn’t hesitate. He traveled to Southern Nevada to assist the rescue team and ultimately helped to save the lives of dogs in need.
“It was an amazing experience to provide these dogs with small comforts they were experiencing for the first time. My main focus was giving them as much comfort as possible. I was able to help provide these dogs with clean, comfortable living conditions, social interaction and medical care. -Albert Rackenberg, NHS Senior Dog Caregiver. The ASPCA and the additional animals rescue and shelter partners assisting with this effort are helping with; evidence collection, crime scene processing, legal assistance, forensics exams, daily care, and providing medical and behavioral support for the large-breed dogs. The ASPCA is also providing much-needed supplies to support the emergency sheltering operation, including additional food and kennels to augment what has already been donated by the public.
Animal cruelty charges have been filed based on evidence collected by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office. Criminal charges resulting from this case are being prosecuted by the Nye County District Attorney’s Office. The ASPCA is also providing investigative and legal assistance to further support the investigation and prosecution and to ensure the best legal outcome for these animals.
We are proud to be working with the ASPCA team to help save the lives of these mistreated dogs and to help make sure they get a much-needed second chance. The ASPCA’s response efforts have been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust. The ASPCA deploys nationally to assist local authorities in animal cruelty cases including animal fighting, hoarding, and puppy mills. It also provides local communities with resources including grant funding, training, and subject matter expertise to effectively assist animals during cruelty and disaster situations.
Scenes From the Rescue Effort
*photos provided by ASPCA
How Can You Help?
Visit our website for the latest details on this animal cruelty case, what we’re doing to support the rescue, rehabilitation and fostering of these dogs and puppies, and how you can help: https://donate.nevadahumanesociety.org/GivingTuesday