*UPDATED STORY (8/3/22)*
On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant 1963 Tammany Creek Road in Lewiston that was done as part of an animal hoarding case investigation.
The warrant was executed after the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Idaho Animal Rescue Network, previously rescued 13 Great Danes from that location on July 27. On that date, officials made contact with Christine Laliberte at the residence, who at the time decided to relinquish her rights to 10 dogs in the garage, two in a kennel beside the barn and one dog inside the residence.
A search warrant was also requested for inside of the residence.
On Wednesday, the execution of that warrant was conducted. Officers again made contact with Laliberte, who was asked to step outside the residence until Deputies could make entry.
The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office says that deputies attempted to make entry, but when the door was opened the ammonia smell was so strong that deputies had to back out of the residence and regroup, but more than one dog had been seen inside the residence.
The Lewiston Fire Department was then contacted and assisted with the removal of the rest of the dogs inside of the residence using their air tanks. In total, 12 more Great Danes were rescued, bringing the total number of dogs taken from the residence to 25.
Some of the newly rescued dogs had injuries, so they were taken to Riverview Animal Clinic and Southway Veterinary Clinic to be cared for.
According to the NPCSO, Christine Laliberte has been charged with 12 counts of Animal Cruelty.
In addition to donations, the Idaho Animal Rescue Network is also in deep need for more kennels, veterinary care, more food, medical supplies, etc. Ways to donate can be found below.
Original Story (7/27/22)
LEWISTON – On the morning of July 27th, Idaho Animal Rescue Network personnel were called to the scene of a hoarding situation involving 13 Great Danes on Tammany Creek Road in Lewiston. The organization says there are numerous minor injuries, no vaccines, no spay/neuters, possible pregnancies, and more. They need help with food, straw, vet care, and more. Two of the dogs appear to have been living outside in a kennel, and the rest were living in a garage in filth. The owner passed away so help was needed as quickly as possible.
On July 28, volunteers along with the Nez Perce County Prosecutors Office assisted with removing the 13+ dogs from the residence. They are currently being checked by a veterinarian and given adequate care.
“We still have work to do, but we wanted the public to know the Great Danes are being cared for,” said Director Jenna Redheart.
“The dogs are not out of trouble yet. We are combating heat exhaustion, medical issues, fleas, sores, ammonia exposure, and weight loss. They have a long road ahead of them, but I’m confident they will make a great recovery,” continued Director Redheart.
The vet bills are going to add up quickly and anyone willing to donate and offset costs would be greatly appreciated.
Many supplies are needed. The majority of the dogs are ages 1-2 and very friendly. A couple are seniors. They’ve been on a terrible diet so the organization will be seeking food donations. They also need some manpower and muscle as well. If you can help, contact the Idaho Animal Rescue Network.
These dogs will be going to rescues and fosters. Adoptions won’t be discussed until they are all assessed. Ideally, we need to get them all into their placements this weekend.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by:
Venmo: IdahoPetRescue (4 digit code is 9751)
Idaho Animal Rescue Network
2021 Ripon Ave
Lewiston ID 83501