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Wolf-dog wildlife sanctuary could open in Silverado area

Proposed Animal Sanctuary

A wildlife sanctuary that has been operating for five years near Pahrump may soon relocate and bring wolf-dog hybrids to the outskirts of the Silverado area.

The Enterprise Town Advisory Board approved Wednesday night the Ba’cho Nowhidee Wildlife Sanctuary’s request for a permit to own wolf-hybrids, as well as a design review of the facility in which the animals would be housed.

The request will now be up for review by the Clark County Planning Commission during its Feb. 17 meeting.

If approved, the facility would be located south of St. Rose Parkway, near Gilespie Street and Volunteer Boulevard, on property owned by Marnell Properties II LLC, a limited liability company run by the Marnell family, owners of the nearby M Resort.

Chris Caracci, founder of the sanctuary, said the reason for the move, which he said will be sponsored by the Marnell family, is so that he can be closer to his job as the vice president of corporate security for Marnell Properties II LLC.

“My duties are 24 hours. This makes it easier for us to be there for them,” he said.

Caracci said Marnell family businesses have shown support for the sanctuary, sometimes financially, for years and that Anthony Marnell III has a kind heart when it comes to the animals. He said they are considering seeking specialized training for the wolf-hybrids so they could fulfill the role of bomb-sniffers on Marnell properties.

Caracci said while not all of the wolf-hybrids would have the social ability necessary for the training, the animals have extra sensory ability that would make them adept at the task.

“They could have very interesting potential,” he said.

Caracci’s wife and co-founder of the sanctuary, Kelli Caracci, said some of the wolf-hybrids could be trained as therapy dogs.

“They are much more loving and gentle than the general public gives them credit for,” she said.

The wolf-hybrids rescued by the facility come from all over the United States. Some are cubs that come from the wild after losing their parents, some come from private owners who could not properly care for them and others reach the sanctuary after being found by animal control agencies in various conditions, Kelli Caracci said.

The sanctuary’s current location near Pahrump houses 13 wolf-hybrids and one horse.

The Enterprise town board granted the Caraccis permission to house as many as 20 wolf-hybrids on the property in Silverado, in addition to up to five horses.

Ashley Livingston can be reached at 990-8925 or [email protected]

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