Prosecutors: Dead puppies found in freezer at Nye County home where 257 dogs were recovered

Nye County investigators found “dozens” of dead puppies in a freezer at the suspects’ home, according to prosecutors.
Published: Aug. 29, 2022 at 12:36 PM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Nye County investigators found “dozens” of dead puppies in a freezer at the suspects’ home, who are accused of mistreating hundreds of dogs, according to prosecutors.

Vasili Platunov and Oksana Higgins are accused of keeping nearly 300 dogs in deplorable conditions at two properties in Nye County: one in Pahrump and one in Amargosa Valley. The pair made their first appearance in Nye County District Court Monday morning.

Prosecutors said “dozens” of dead puppies were found in a freezer, Sunday. Nye County Sheriff’s Office Captain David Boruchowitz confirmed the discovery.

The dogs have been kept at the property for days ahead of the court hearing. A judge allowed police to move the dogs into a shelter starting Monday.

Boruchowitz said within an hour of the court ruling deputies began setting up the move for the dogs.

Monday more than 50 dogs were driven to the Nye County Animal Shelter in Pahrump.

“Nonstop back and forth,” Boruchowitz said. “Obviously, it’s cumbersome, but the sooner we get to the shelter the sooner we’re at a base where we have the resources to take care of these animals.”

Many have volunteered to help, but Boruchowitz said since it’s a private property and a crime scene others can’t be on the property to assist with the move.

The sheriff’s office brought six inmates from the county jail to the property in Amargosa to assist with moving the kennels, dog food and blankets.

The animal shelter is not large enough to fit all the dogs inside. The sheriff’s office is taking the kennels from the property and is setting up an outdoor shelter behind the Nye County Animal Shelter.

Boruchowitz estimates all of the dogs from the Amargosa property will be transferred by Wednesday.

“Our hope is the volunteer base that has come forward, we will immediately be directing them to the shelter and then they can come do the volunteer work where we’ll need them the most,” Boruchowitz said.

In the days proceeding the hearing, animal control, police and volunteers helped take care of the dogs with food and water. Nye County Sheriff’s Office said it costs thousands of dollars a day to take care of the animals, though Boruchowitz said the food and water has helped significantly improve the condition of the animals.