Volunteers helping evacuate animals from mountains

Jennifer Kastner

Volunteers helping evacuate animals from mountains

CREATED Jul. 6, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Hundreds of people have been evacuated from both sides of the Spring Mountains, along with animals.

However, there are still horses and other livestock that have not been taken off yet.

Local rescuers are getting prepared to help get those animals down to safety, should they be contacted for help.

At Desert Pines Equine Center on Jones and Lone Mountain, numerous stalls have been cleaned out and made ready for potential new intakes.

The Nevada Center for Missing Loved Ones is also on standby to help out.

They typically deal with helping find missing people, but that's changing to help find animals.

"When the community has a crisis like this, we're all volunteers, so we take the opportunity to help out and we all come together with something like this. So to switch missions for a small period of time is not uncommon for us," said Mark Hinds with Nevada Center for Missing Loved Ones.

Rescue groups said they can safely transport and house pretty much any animal such as horses, cattle, goats and sheep.

They told Action News they're working closely right now with Las Vegas police to coordinate getting livestock to safety.

Anyone who needs help is encouraged to call police or animal control as soon as possible.

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