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Vets, techs, assistants needed for dogs found at illegal breeder

Sep 08, 2022 | 6:10 pm ET
By Dana Gentry
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Vets, techs, assistants needed for dogs found at illegal breeder
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The ASPCA is asking licensed veterinarians, techs, and assistants to volunteer their time to the effort. (Photo courtesy ASPCA)

Hundreds of dogs and puppies found in late August at an illegal breeding compound in Nye County are in need of veterinary care. 

“When the animals were removed from the property, many appeared emaciated and appeared to be suffering from untreated medical conditions, which is why additional support is essential to provide these dogs with critical care to get them to good health,” says ASPCA spokeswoman Alyssa Fleck. “Specific training, protocols and information will be provided at the temporary shelter operated by the Sheriff’s Office.”

The ASPCA is asking licensed veterinarians, techs, and assistants to volunteer their time to the effort. 

Oskana Higgins and Vasili Platunov are charged with felony animal cruelty, according to court records. Neighbors had complained to Nye County officials about the operation in the past, authorities say. 

A veterinarian in Nye County reported the neglect to authorities when she was brought an emaciated dog to be euthanized.  

Anyone with expertise and availability between now and Sept. 30 is asked to contact the Nye County Sheriff’s Office at [email protected].

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