Over 160 dogs have been rescued from a U-Haul truck southwest of Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department believes the 164 Pomeranians were put in the truck by a breeder in Sandy Valley, Nevada.
The dogs were stacked in kennels without food, water, or proper ventilation.
Exclusive video shows the U-Haul truck during the bust early Thursday morning. The video is dark, but you can hear the dogs whimpering and crying. Investigators say the dogs were stacked in kennels from the floor to ceiling without food or water.
Animal Advocate Gina Greisen tipped off Clark County Animal Control and the LVMPD's animal cruelty unit.
“When I walked up to the truck, I was grateful. I was so grateful we found the truck. I was so afraid last night that some of them didn't make it."
But they did. All 164 Pomeranians were brought to the Animal Foundation. Most of the dogs are still matted and dirty. Some are covered in their own feces. The animals are anywhere from 14 weeks to 6 years old.
Mark Primiano is a veterinarian at the Animal Foundation. “The friendliest were not running away in terror, and some were understandably more feisty than that,” said Primiano.
The dogs are getting a new start and eventually, they will be placed in new homes. “Their personalities are starting to come out. One has come up to the glass and will start to play with you,” Primiano continued.
It’s the ending Greisen hoped for and it’s a reminder of why she dedicates her life to giving a voice to the voiceless.
“They can't control that they're being put in kennels and on a U-Haul truck. They can't control when they're being bred. They can't control when they're being abused. But we can. We can be a voice."
LVMPD detectives have the name of the breeder, but as of Thursday afternoon, no arrests had been made and no charges had been filed. LVMPD will continue investigating the case, along with Clark County Animal Control and San Bernardino authorities.
The dogs are on a legal hold and will likely be available for adoption in several weeks, according to the Animal Foundation.
Our affiliate News3LV in Las Vegas, NV contributed to this story.