Three charged in Las Vegas dog theft scheme

Espinoza mugshots courtesy Las Vegas Metropolitan Police: L-R, Jacklynn, Johnny, Savanna
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KOLO) - The Nevada Attorney General's Office has filed criminal charges against three people accused of heading a dog theft and fraud ring.

19-year-old Savanna Espinoza, 37-year-old Johnny Espinoza and 36-year-old Jacklynn Espinoza of Las Vegas face 14 counts of felony and gross misdemeanor charges including conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, theft with the assistance of a child, theft, cruelty to animals and ownership or possession of a firearm by prohibited person.

The alleged scheme was committed between November 2016 and February 2018.

According to the complaint (attached to this story), the Espinozas would pretend to be the owners of lost dogs, or would obtain dogs from owners looking to put their pets in new homes by promising to provide the dogs with loving and permanent homes. Instead, the AG's Office says the Espinozas would sell the dogs for profit. The complaint further alleges the Espinozas neglected two dogs, with one suffering from untreated infections, malnourishment and inappropriate living conditions.

“Several Nevadans have been misled and taken advantage of by the Espinozas’ attempt to perpetrate fraud,” says AG Aaron Ford. “My office will continue to dismantle local schemes and instances of fraud whenever possible.”

If you or anyone you know has been victimized by this scheme, you're asked to contact 702-486-3307.

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