SILVER SPRINGS, NV - In response to several public complaints about horse mistreatment, the Lyon County Animal Services Division has initiated an investigation into the Starlight Sanctuary in Silver Springs.
Lyon County Manager Jeff Page says Animal Services officers found about 70 horses on the property with, they say, appropriate feed and water for the animals. But they also found some horses that were underweight or had other health concerns, and have requested a veterinarian visit the site to determine the health of those horses.
Page says the Sanctuary, an animal rescue operation, has been in existence for the past decade with no reported violations of county code or state law. But the investigation will continue to determine if any county codes or state laws have been violated.
Lyon County Animal Services has also been working an additional allegation of animal abuse/neglect on 4th Street in Silver Springs. Page says the allegation is that numerous barnyard animals had been left unattended by a renter.
Animal Services found the multiple-animal operation had been under the care of a friend until food had run out. The property owner has been providing feed and volunteers have been used to feed and water the animals. Animal Services has requested a veterinarian to respond there, as well, to determine the health of the animals.
Page confirms both these cases are criminal investigations. Lyon County has received numerous calls and e‐mails about what is happening with these cases and the possibility of adopting the animals in question. Upon completion of the investigation, reports will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for determination of charges and disposition of the animals.
Page says Lyon County has been monitoring the animals and will keep doing so to ensure they are receiving food and water and getting any medical treatment issued by the veterinarian.