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UPDATE: Animal Foundation transferring 38 puppies, 1 adult dog to partner organizations

42 puppies taken as part of hoarding/neglect/puppy mill case
Posted at 2:09 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 03:07:44-04

UPDATE 3:52 P.M.: The Animal Foundation says it is transferring 38 puppies and one adult dog to partner organizations "who have specialized capabilities to care for them."

Read the full statement below.

We at The Animal Foundation decided this afternoon to transfer 38 puppies and one adult dog to our trusted partner organizations, who have specialized capabilities to care for them. This decision ensures optimal care for these animals while also protecting the health of our larger shelter population. Circumstances like these require a high degree of flexibility, and we are grateful to our transfer partners for their support in helping us care for these rescued animals.

Las Vegas police say they found all of the dogs, while responding to the home for an unrelated call.

That's when officers found all the dogs inside.

Neighbors near Nellis and Charleston tell us the family has lived at the home for over a decade.

Records show the home along East Colorado Avenue belongs to 69-year-old Josefa Nieto.

Police say no charges have yet been filed in the investigation.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- The Animal Foundation is currently taking care of dozens of puppies that were confiscated as part of a hoarding/neglect/puppy mill case.

They received 36 puppies on June 21. 6 puppies went straight to an off-site veterinary partner. 4 of those puppies were humanely euthanized.

The Animal Foundation says that the puppies will need to be monitored for at least 2 weeks because they were exposed to parvo.

The puppies appear to be between 5 weeks and 12 weeks old. Many of them are German Shepherds, Chihuahua, Border Collies, Siberian Huskies and more.

The Animal Foundation released the following statement regarding the incident.

On Friday, June 21, The Animal Foundation received 36 puppies and one adult dog who were surrendered to Clark County Animal Control officers as part of a broader Metro investigation. Another six puppies were taken to an off-site veterinary partner given their poor condition and suspected parvovirus infection. To our knowledge, a total of four puppies have been humanely euthanized to alleviate their pain and suffering.
The rest of the little dogs remain in our care under a 14-day quarantine due to their exposure to the highly contagious parvovirus.

As with every large intake, our team had to react quickly to evaluate the situation and make the best decisions for the welfare of the animals. In this case, we ultimately decided that all of the puppies should remain under close observation here on campus -- and that none should be sent to transfer partners until their condition improves.
We are in the process of providing every pup with the best care possible, and we continue to evaluate their condition on an ongoing basis. We'll be able to provide more information, including updates on future placement options, as their health improves.