Couple Arrested in Boulder City for Mistreating Dozens of Animals

Boulder City Police Department made a startling discovery on Friday when they pulled over a car with a broken taillight near Nevada Way and Juniper Way. Inside the vehicle, officers found 51 guinea pigs and rabbits, 11 of which were already dead, according to city officials. A subsequent raid on the suspects’ dwelling revealed even more shocking cases of neglect.

Police Acted as Fast as They Could

The arrest came after authorities received a tip about a possible animal abuse or hoarding situation involving a vehicle in Boulder City. Upon stopping the car, officers immediately detected a foul odor emanating from the vehicle, indicating the presence of dead animals inside. A subsequent search of the car revealed the 51 guinea pigs and rabbits crammed inside plastic totes and luggage.

Our officers knew right away that something was wrong.

Boulder City Police Lt. Thomas Healing

The officers promptly removed the animals from the scene, but 11 were found dead. Tragically, the situation worsened as four additional guinea pigs succumbed to their conditions after the initial discovery. Authorities quickly followed up on the case, discovering that the couple had more animals in dire need of rescue at two additional locations.

The investigation led authorities to a hotel room in Las Vegas linked to the couple, where they discovered an additional 30 dogs, with ten already deceased. Following a search of the couple’s primary residence, authorities found 15 dogs and more guinea pigs. The animals are now safe and are receiving proper care.

The Remaining Animals Are Safe

Police identified the couple as 79-year-old Timothy Miller and 72-year-old Carolyn Luke. They are now each facing 11 misdemeanor charges related to animal cruelty. Additionally, they could potentially face felony charges in connection with the animals discovered in the Las Vegas hotel room. The situation regarding the seized animals remains unclear, as they will likely need rehoming.

Ann Inabnitt, Boulder City Animal Control supervisor, expressed concern over the welfare of the animals, revealing that many of them were pregnant. This fact further complicates the situation, meaning it could take weeks before the exact number of impounded animals remains clear. Finding new owners will also likely have to wait until the end of the court proceedings.

Veterinary treatment will likely cost thousands of dollars for these animals.

Ann Inabnitt, Boulder City Animal Control supervisor

The investigation into this disturbing case is ongoing, with authorities working diligently to ensure the welfare of the surviving animals and hold those responsible for their mistreatment accountable. The case is unusual since most mass animal cruelty cases often relate to illegal gambling, but Boulder City authorities nevertheless remain steadfast in their efforts to see this case through.