LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nye County Sheriff’s Office discovered more animals related to an animal cruelty case involving the arrest of two suspects earlier this week.
On Wednesday, a warrant was served at the home of Oskana Higgins and Vasili Platunov in Pahrump. Nye County Officers stated that they found an additional 25 animals on the property.
Higgins and Platunov were initially arrested on Monday night after the discovery of 300 dogs at a property in the Amargosa Valley.
As of Wednesday, both suspects were still in custody and now face multiple felony animal abuse charges, according to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.
The majority of the dogs discovered on Monday are Caucasian Shepherds, a large breed sold for security and protection. Investigators said they came out to the property on Monday for a report of an injured animal.
Higgins is believed to be the dogs’ caretaker, and Platunov, is believed to the person who ran the business, on felony animal abuse and neglect charges in relation to the injured-animal call, according to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.
On Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies, veterinarians, and animal control officers worked together to examine and tag the dogs.
8 News Now previously reported on the living conditions the 300 dogs were found living in.
Capt. David Boruchowitz with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office described the living conditions as extremely dirty.
Photos provided by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office show kennels and small buildings placed all along the property.
The sheriff’s office is seeking a court order to authorize the removal of animals for placement.
Shelters interested in helping care for the dogs can email email@example.com.
Deputies ask that you identify your shelter and the number of dogs you can assist with.
Although the dogs are under court order and cannot currently be adopted, anyone who wants to help out would be doing so in a foster situation, for the time being, deputies said.
The suspects are expected to appear in court on Monday, August 29 at 9 a.m.