Carson City Animal Services employees facing threats after killing a woman's dog

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Updated: 8/14/2013 9:52 am
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.
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Cpants - 8/22/2013 10:30 PM
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At Buubles -The NHS does not "pick and choose" which animals they take in. In addition, animal services does not kill "often". Washoe County has a 95% save rate, this rate includes animal services. The NHS does take in pits and pit mixesquite often from Animal Control. They take EVERY animal that is adoptable from animal services. This is a very sad story and these types of stories are the reason the NHS fought so hard to be a "no kill" shelter and to build a "no kill" community. NHS is fighting hard against this type of event of needless killing and they need all the community support that they can to help save every adoptable animal. Please be careful on what information you state. You could inevertently damage the reputation of an organization that is one of the communities best defenses against this type of needles killing.

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Debski - 8/13/2013 7:29 PM
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A very sad story. I still cannot comprehend how an animal control employee can look in the eyes of that poor defenseless dog and put him down, knowing his family was right there and they loved him and wanted him back. Money/bail within 72 hours is not reasonable and they should have had more compassion and granted her an extension. Having said that, physical threats to any of the employees is just plain childish and irresponsible. I'm sure they feel bad enough, just let them alone and direct your anger towards getting the rules/laws changed.

Bubbles - 8/13/2013 1:44 PM
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Nevada Humane Society is a no kill shelter. Washoe county Animal Control can and does kill often, especially pits and pit crosses. What ever is deemed "adoptable" by NHS is then placed on that side of the building and hopefully adopted to a responsible person/family. NHS can pick and choose what animals enter their system, unless it is an owner surrender, which doesn't go through the WCAC facility. Animals are not adopted out of WCAS. Those not making the cut are then killed.

Ktkt1955 - 8/13/2013 12:34 PM
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This shelter is as one of the picketers stated "A KILL SHELTER" and I thought Nevada did not kill the animals in the shelters. I guess I was wrong. My own personal experiences with CC Animal Shelter Carson City's animal shelter has never had any intention of finding homes for the animals they obtain. At one time I tried to obtain an animal from the shelter in Carson City and they found every reason not to find homes for any of the animals they have in that shelter. Their goal is to put down ALL dogs and cats in the Carson City area. Causing anyone harm who works there will do no good when the laws do not support the "no kill" law that was put into place. This shelter should either be shut down or have all workers and the rules changed to reflect the current "no kill" mandate that was set down some time ago.

ksdavishouse - 8/13/2013 9:06 AM
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While it is terrible that this woman's pet was killed maybe the procedure that the shelter followed needs to be revised. While I don't know the specific policy of this shelter I am familiar with procedures at other shelters in several states and most of them have the same 72 hour time. HOWEVER, many of these shelters only enforce the 72 hour rule WHEN THE OWNER HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED. Otherwise, when the owner goes to the shelter and identifies their pet the owner is fined and if they cannot pay the fine within the 72 hour time frame they are given an extension of between one and two weeks depending on the shelter rules. If an extension is requested/given there is an additional minor fee to offset the cost of feeding the pet. This type of procedure could avoid situations like this in the future. Also, when an extension is made the owner is informed that if the pet is not picked up by the end of the extension their pet will be put down. This helps to prevent pet owners from using the shelter as a kennel or other pet sitting service.

TAZEMANDGRIN - 8/13/2013 1:55 AM
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Message To and about KRNV NEWS RENO In a not vindictive, and a very decent post I wrote two days ago about the director of "Carson City Animal Services" Ms. Works, Probably stepping down. Was censored and deleted by your team. The most Brazen remark I made was that I thought the director should resign and the entire operation be investigated. Yes, I called it Dognapping,and aggressive Ransom techniques. I believe I was right in my opinion or at least I had a right to express it in an open forum. Although channel 4 News Dept. decided to delete My comment. I still would like to express my discontent at a director who feels that monetary issues are more important than the Life of a persons companion. The owner was there begging for her beloved Pet and they gave her a 72 hour Death timeline to come up with the money. This was not a Feral or abandoned pet it was a member of someones Family!! I was trying to bring this to light as you were trying to downplay it News4. Hmmmm (I am sending this to other News sources out of spite of News4 (KRNV) because I'm sure this will be deleted as well.) If You put a section for public comment under guidelines and those guidelines are met and an editor arbitrarily takes on the biased premise that they will only post Comments the Editor likes! something is very wrong with this station. I stand fully behind the owners of this poor Murdered creature, and have lost any respect I may have had for the Journalistic integrity of this station. (Cut, Paste, Send to all your rival stations and any other sources I can) I used no profanity, threats, discrimination, Nor did I go outside of the bounderies,You set for Comments. Until Now--- You Suck!!
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