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Animals ('ullilllt'd /l'ulfl.l)tll I(t,c Sometimes in life. it seems . it's easier for humans to understand man's inhumanit\\; to man. dan it is for us to understand abuses to defenseless annimals. That was deft- niteh the case earlier Ibis ,aeek in lhis south count', subur- ban communitx. Investigating reports of a possible "'puppy mill'" on White Street in Pahrump, N3e Count 5 Animal Control oflicer Lorie Pringle detected an over\\;vhelming stench eminating flom the residence. Durin,g the course of her subsequent investigation, she questioned an uncooperative resident, Kathy Schafer who refused to provide any information concerning the deplor- able condition of the dogs and the small ferret discovered at the White Street residence. Many of the dogs appeared to be purebreds, including two 7-week old poodles, Lhasa apsos, Rotweilers, and Chi- nese crested dogs, both hairless and the "powder puff' va- rieties. The dogs ranged in age from 7 weeks to 8 years. "The dogs were malnourished, suffering from dehydra- tion and hypothermia," saidNye Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Brecht, an experience canine handler. Their coats were so matted that authorities at first could not tell the gender of each dog. Two blind dogs and one that was very ill were euthanized. Volunteers cleaned and groomed the confiscated dogs, all of whom will be placed for adoption. Schafer, reportedly, conducted a pet grooming business at the residential location with an associate named Sylvia Kelley. A second animal holding location, possibly linked to the two associates, is currently under investigation in Las Ve- gas, according to a spokesperson from animal control.. When discovered, the animals were described as being "barely alive and in disgusting and deplorable conditions." Several water containers were contaminated with urine and feces. The inside of the residence was found to be in the same unsanitary condition as the cages. The abused ani- mals were confiscated and signed over to the Nye County Sheriff's Department for proper treatment and temporary housing. All expenses incurred for the proper care and medical treatment of the allegedly abused animals will be charged to Ms. Schaefer. According to Sheriff Lieseke, Schaefer refuses to admit she was raising the puppies for sale. But she didn't argue that the conditions were proper. Her atti- tude, said Lieseke, was that "it just got away from her." The only thing that thi writer has ever seen remotely resembling the conditions discovered at the Pahrump resi- dence, occured several years ago when a number of abused thoroughbred horses were found living in similar condi- tions in the Amargosa Valley. The abused horses were confiscated by the sheriff, trans- ported and cared for by Bill Bennett, former owner of Cir- cus-Circus, at his Las Vegas ranch. The owner and ac- cused abuser of the animals was subsequently arrested, pros- ecuted and convicted of animal abuse and cruelty to ani- mals. 00hosfione CDeser't Art & Craft 8faow March 21st Thru 23rd Shoshone, California For exhibitor information call: 619 852-4254 or 707 727-5460 VALLEY DENTAL GrtouP 1420 E. State Highway 372 89o4, 727-6615 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, March 13, 1997 7 1997 Rhyolite Resurrection Festival A festival to celebrate the town of Rhyolite and the exciting mining history of Nevada will be held March 15-16, 1997. See the Schedule of Events below. Anyone interested in being in the parade Saturday morning or in the talent show or Miss Rhyolite Pageant Saturday evening should contact either Linda Greene (619-786-2590) or Mary or Bill Davis (702-553-2082). This is a community event and we want everyone to participate. This includes people and pets (within reason). We have some pe- riod costumes that we could provide (if you're the right size). Kickoff Parade: Saturday morning, 9:00 a.m. in Beatty Tours of Rhyolite: People in period costumes giving tours of the town 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 on Sunday There will be tours of the jail, school, red light district, Newton's Grill, the Overbury Building, the cemetery, and walking tours of the town. Exhibits: Picture and artifact exhibits, the old Yucca Mountain Science Center, at the corner or 95 and 374 in Beatty Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday 10:00 to 3:00 on Sunday Fashion/Talent Show: Fashion show, talent show, Miss Rhyolite Pageant Beatty community Center 6:00 p.m. on Saturday Refreshments will be served during intermission Descendant Brunch: Beatty Senior Center 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday Public invited after 12:30 p.m.