*UPDATED STORY (03/08/22)*
On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant 1963 Tammany Creek Road in Lewiston that was conducted as part of an investigation into a pet hoarding matter.
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 this location on July 27. On that date, officials made contact with Christine Laliberte at the residence, who at the time decided to waive her rights to 10 dogs in the garage, two in a kennel next to the barn and one dog in the interior of the residence.
A search warrant was also requested inside the residence.
On Wednesday, the execution of this warrant took place. Officers again made contact with Laliberte, who was asked to leave the residence until the deputies could enter.
The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office said deputies tried to enter, but when the door was opened the smell of ammonia was so strong the deputies had to exit the residence and regroup, but more than one dog had been seen inside the residence.
The Lewiston Fire Department was then contacted and assisted in removing the rest of the dogs inside the residence using their air tanks. A total of 12 more Great Danes were rescued, bringing the total number of dogs removed 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 for treatment.
According to the NPCSO, Christine Laliberte has been charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty.
In addition to donations, the Idaho Animal Rescue Network also urgently needs more kennels, veterinary care, more food, medical supplies, and more. Below are ways to donate.
Original story (7/27/22)
LEWISTON — On the morning of July 27, 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 many minor injuries, no vaccinations, no sterilization, possible pregnancies, etc. They need help with food, straw, veterinary care, etc. Two of the dogs appear to have lived outside in a kennel, and the others lived in a filthy garage. The owner died, so help was needed as soon as possible.
On July 28, volunteers and the Nez Perce County District Attorney’s Office helped remove the 13+ dogs from the residence. They are currently being examined by a veterinarian and receiving adequate care.
“We still have work to do, but we wanted the public to know that Great Danes are taken care of,” said director Jenna Redheart.
“The dogs aren’t out of the woods yet. We struggle with heat exhaustion, medical issues, fleas, sores, ammonia exposure and weight loss. They have a long way to go, but I am confident they will recover very well. Headmaster Redheart continued.
Vet bills will add up quickly and anyone willing to donate and offset the costs would be greatly appreciated.
Many supplies are needed. The majority of dogs are 1-2 years old and very friendly. A couple is elderly. They were on an appalling diet, so the organization will be looking for food donations. They also need manpower and muscle. If you can help, contact the Idaho Animal Rescue Network.
These dogs will go to rescues and foster families. Adoptions will not be discussed until all have been assessed. Ideally, we need to put them all in 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 Avenue
Lewiston ID 83501