LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two people were arrested on May 2 after a gruesome discovery outside of an animal shelter. Authorities say 64-year-old Brian Savage and 46-year-old Camilla Kepler allegedly left three dead Chihuahuas in a box outside of the Animal Foundation.
According to the arrest report released Monday, security footage captured a woman dropping off boxes at the shelter in February.
When police searched the couple’s home, they found 35 other Chihuahuas. However, police have not disclosed the location of the couple’s house where they found the dogs. Police said three of the dogs were in need of immediate medical attention.
One of the dogs had an “obvious untreated medical concern,” which caused her to drag her back legs behind her.
Another was emaciated and was missing numerous teeth.
A spokesperson for the Animal Foundation said the shelter is relieved that the two suspects have been arrested. The agency sent the following statement:
“As far as the dogs currently in our care, they are going through medical and behavior assessments as well as treatment. They will continue to care for them and work to put them on a path to adoption as soon as possible.”
Savage and Kepler have been charged with six counts of animal cruelty. They both denied abusing their dogs. However, Savage told police that he and Kepler dropped their dogs off at the Animal Foundation “multiple times” when they died.
A records search through Clark County Animal Control shows another case back in 2016, where Savage and Kepler’s dogs were suffering from mange.