WASHOE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE – On June 12, at approximately 0925 hours, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Washoe County Regional Animal Services Officers were dispatched to an address on Merchant Street in Sparks, Nevada, on a report of animal cruelty.
Upon arrival, Deputies and RAS Officers found animals, both live and deceased, throughout the property.
After further investigation, Deputies and RAS Officers determined that there were 51 deceased rabbits, 2 deceased cats, 4 deceased guinea pigs and a deceased duck. They also found and have taken possession of several live animals; 43 rabbits, 9 cats and 6 dogs, all in various stages of health.
The suspect, Mr. Ronnie Bandoni, has been arrested on four felony charges for Animal Cruelty, a violation of NRS 574.195, and is currently being held at the Washoe County Detention Facility.
All the animals were taken to Regional Animal Services, where they were evaluated by the staff veterinarian and provided treatment. Regional Animal Services has prepared special accommodations to house the animals. “Many of these animals were found in very poor condition. We are committed to making sure that each one of these animals get the treatment and care they need.” said Regional Animal Services Director Barry Brode. “They are eating and drinking which is a good sign. All of these animals have been carefully evaluated and are under the watchful eyes of our dedicated staff.”
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.