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4 Thursday, March 20, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Deliverance, neglected dog finds loving home Story and photos by Patti Babcock Dorothy Waldroop joined the crowd at the Nye County Animal Shelter in Pahrump Saturday morning. She and at least 60 other people were there to adopt one of the little dogs confiscated by the Nye County Sheriff's Office on March 9. Waldroop and her sister-in-law Mildred Johnson, who is visiting from Tucson, Arizona, were stunned when they saw the pathetic dogs on television news. The dogs were covered with feces matted in their hair. Some of them had their eyes matted shut. All suffered from dehydration and malnutrition. They learned volunteers were shaving and bathing the little canines. It was a grim story. NCSO Officer Lori Pringle arrived at a trailer on White Road in Pahrump to investigate a complaint and found 39 dogs and one ferret living in cages overflowing with feces and urine which were even in the food and water dishes. The filthy animals, owned by Kathy Schaefer who is charged with 40 counts of misdeamor animal cruelty, all suffered from dehydration and malnutrition. Dental disease, Dorothy Waldroop with worms and ear infections also plagued many of the dogs. Three dogs had to be euthanized. The little dogs, poodles, Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas and Lhasa Apses, were to offered for adoption. Waldrooo knew she could provide a lovin home. Johnson agreed. During the adoption she said, "'Dorothy treats all of her animals like they're he," children." Nye County, Animal Control issued numbers to potential adopters who were called in, one group at a time, to look at and possibly adopt one of the animals. Waldroop had number four. Nye County Animal Control Officer Frank Johnson led Waldroop accompanied by her sister-in-law into the shelter. They looked at the dogs in the puppy room. Without their hair, all looked amazingly small and achingly Vulnerable. The tiny dogs wiggled and wagged and begged to be chosen. The big question was, "How to decide?" Waldroop went from the puppy room to the main shelter area, where two or three dogs shared a cage, then back to the first room. She asked questions. Officer Johnson answered. The dogs were three to four years old. Most required dental work which the adopter would have to fund. Ears needed to be rechecked. Dr. Steven Romeo had examined each dog checking heart, lungs, temperature, teeth and overall health. The shelter would spay or neuter the dog and give it a rabies shot. Waldroop's cost would be $5 to cover the license lee. Since she was a senior the adoption was free. "T ve always wanted a poodle. I looked for one in Pahrump, but I couldn't find one and I couldn't afford one," Waldroop said. Now she could have the dog of her dreams. Why a poodle? Waldroop and a number of other people who wanted a poodle said they want them because they are so intelligent and loving. They don't shed and don't smell (under normal circumstances). A gray poodle and a black poodle, both males, were the final choices. When informed she could only adopt one, Waldroop choose the gray dog. Toby, Waldroop said she thought the name fit the dog, appeared to agree on both the adoption and the name. He wagged his whole body and licked both Waldroop and Johnson. Betty Pohlmeier, holding number five, adopted a tiny brown poodle. Her young grandson approved her choice. Like Waldroop, she had wanted a poodle, but she newly adopted "Toby." wanted to think about the name for a while. The small foyer where adopters took care of paper work became more crowded when Jo Ellen Askloff arrived. She just wanted to make a donation to the shelter to help pay for the care of the neglected animals. Askloff. her husband Eric, and their three poodles had driven fl'om Las Vegas to deliver their check. "We've had poodles for 25 years," Askloff said. "We' re poodle lovers, and we just want to help." The adoption story was repeated until all the dogs found families. Some people were disappointed when they didn't get one. Animal control workers were quick to tell those still waiting that there were from 30 to 50 other dogs who needed homes. A few were adopted. 24 X 24 GARAGE $5700 Pump Houses Patios Storage Sheds R.V. Shelters Concrete Work IF IT CAN BE BUILT "WE JUST DO IT" KENNY WILLIAMS CONSTRUCTION Lic # 035076 (702) 727-8883 * $ 0 down - FHA or Conventional Financing Immediate Approval O.A.C. II Shopping at the half pri! Adult tops * $1.00 Kids tops Shorts .50 Pahrump Humane Society South off Hwy 372 by Desert Connections 10 am to 4 SCHOOL Certificate of Completion Job Placement Assistance in Pahrump & Los Vesas Available Upon request 4 /k - 4 hrs Per Day Flexible hedulin 8 limited enrollment "Si Mabla arl" (702) 7S1-3262 /