Fortunately, all the animals were seized and relocated to a USDA-approved animal sanctuary pending an investigation - but perhaps the most troubling part of the discovery is still yet to come.
Homeowners Jacki Freeman and Abby Hedengran had been granted a special conditions animal permit which, reportedly, "provides them a license to possess special conditions animals per Nye County Code." Aside from the fennec fox, which is illegal to possess under state laws, the exotic cats were authorized.
Still, Freeman has been cited for animal cruelty - but only for the conditions within the home. Meanwhile, the sheriff's office says the investigation is ongoing relating to the special conditions animal permit.