North San Juan Ridge man arrested in dog-hoarding case |

North San Juan Ridge man arrested in dog-hoarding case

A man suspected of hoarding more than 30 malnourished dogs on a San Juan Ridge property was arrested Tuesday on felony animal cruelty charges.

Over a period of three days, Nevada County Sheriff’s Animal Control officers seized 31 dogs from a parcel in the 16000 block of Bear Trap Springs Road, where Gary Dean Perkins reportedly was squatting.

“They were all pretty much emaciated,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Sam Brown. “They had no food and no water.”

Deputies initially went out to the property Saturday and were able to corral 26 of the dogs, which ranged in age from 6 weeks old to adult.

Three more were caught Sunday.

They returned for a third time Monday and found two more living dogs — as well as five dead canines, Brown said.

“I looked in one dog igloo and found a full-grown dog that was dead,” he said.

In another dogloo, Brown reportedly found a dead puppy; a second adult dog was found dead, lying on top of a deceased puppy, and a third adult dog was found buried.

Brown said that Perkins had put out some food at the property Tuesday but that it was “too little, too late.”

The puppies that were rescued are currently at Pound Puppy rescue, while the adults are at the county shelter that is administered by Sammie’s Friends.

“I believe we have recovered all the dogs at this point,” Brown said.

Perkins reportedly told Animal Control officers that Sammie’s Friends had offered him vouchers to spay or neuter his dogs about a year ago but that he had no transportation.

“He didn’t do anything — that’s the problem,” Brown said.

Perkins, 53, is currently being held in county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail; he could potentially be charged with as many as 36 separate counts.

Sammie’s Friends co-founder Cheryl Wicks said some of the dogs, which look like German shepherd mixes, could be ready to adopt soon.

To contact the shelter, call 530-471-5041 or email

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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