CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- It's a story News 4 brought you last week that's gaining international attention. A woman's dog is put down by Carson City Animal Services after she can't pay the fees to reclaim it during a 72-hour window, a policy the city may change.
Since Jeraldine Archuleta's story broke, employees of Carson animal services have been attacked on social media sites across the internet, and now we know they've been receiving physical threats as well.
To top it off, animal services could be facing a lawsuit.
"I've heard a number of what I would call horror stories," said attorney Cal Dunlap.
Dunlap is representing the Archuleta family. Dunlap said he won't jump into a lawsuit but he is looking to find out what is happening at Carson City Animal Services.
"If they turn out to be true, then there's a lot that needs to be done," Dunlap said.
Two other families who say this almost happened to them talked to News 4, and the issue is getting attention across the globe.
"People love animals and everybody knows they can't help themselves," Dunlap said.
Some people are outraged and Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said they have received reports of private property damage and threats to animal services employees because of this very heated issue.
"People have got to control their emotions," Furlong said.
He said he understands why people are upset, and they have a right to voice their opinions, but that doesn't make it okay to threaten anyone.
"When you start talking about harming people or damaging property, that has crossed a line," Furlong said.
While it may just be people blowing off steam, it's still considered a threat.
"I can't take them that way," Furlong said. "I have to take each one of them very, very seriously. I have instructed all of our personnel to be very, very aggressive when receiving any reports about threats or property damage."
Meanwhile Dunlap said he hopes to find out what's really going on to give his clients closure and the people answers.
"If we're satisfied that we're getting the true story, then maybe we can work things out, otherwise we'll see what people have to say under oath," Dunlap said.
Since Archuleta's story made headlines, the names of the Carson City Animal Services employees have been removed from its website.
Furlong said the threats they've seen so far have ranged from misdemeanors to Class C felonies, and he asks that while people are expressing their opinions on this very emotional issue, they don't take it to the point of threatening others.