A few more abandoned dogs were spotted at Sun Valley Regional Park over the weekend, according to the Washoe County Regional Animal Services.
Director Shyanne Schull said about four or five more dogs were left at the park, raising the total number of dogs abandoned there to 38 since mid-March.
Greg Hall, CEO of the Nevada Humane Society, said he’s received about 14 of the abandoned dogs that were recently captured. They are all being evaluated before being placed for adoption. He described the dogs as being shy or afraid.
Hall said it’s unusual for that many dogs to be abandoned at one location.
“It’s very rare to see something like this, and it’s very sad,” he said.
The Nevada Humane Society has been preparing for an influx of abandoned pets since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Nevada in March last year.
“What we found was the opposite, and the number of adoptions has increased,” he said. “The population of dogs, cats and small animals dropped, and we’re able to handle a large number of incoming pets.”
Hall said he’s also concerned he may see a spike in surrendered animals in late May once the eviction moratorium ends.
“It’s horrible to see someone do this, but we’ equipped to handle situations like this,” he said, adding he believes the abandoned dogs will find good homes.
Hall said he believes the situation stems from a possible hoarding case. Schull said she also believes the dogs came from the same household.
Schull suspects the person or people involved have been leaving the dogs at the park at night and likely live in the area.
She described the park as a multi-use park where several residents ride their horses or mountain bikes.
Schull said residents in the area should not try and feed the dogs.
“We use food to catch them,” she said. “They have to be hungry to go into the traps.”
As of Monday, there have been no new leads, Schull said. Some people have called the Washoe County Regional Animal Services, but the information they provided were unsubstantiated.
Anyone interested in adopting the dogs or donating to help pay for any medical cos can contact the Nevada Humane Society.
Anyone with information is asked to call the county Regional Animal Services at 775-322-3647 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marcella Corona is a reporter covering local underrepresented communities in Northern Nevada. Support her work by subscribing to RGJ.com.