25 Great Danes rescued in Lewiston animal cruelty case

Twenty-five Great Dane dogs were rescued from a Lewiston residence.

According to a news release from the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was conducted at 1963 Tammany Creek Road yesterday, due to an incident that occurred last month at the same residence. On July 27th, the Nez Perce County Sheriff s Office, along with the Idaho Animal Rescue Network, made contact with the resident Christine Laliberte, who at that time had decided to relinquish her rights to 10 dogs in the garage, 2 dogs in a kennel beside a barn, and 1 dog inside the residence. During that time all dogs were seized, but Laliberte would not give the dog inside of the residence to rescue network.

When the search warrant was conducted, deputies made contact with Laliberte, who was inside the residence. She was asked to step out of the residence and Deputies attempted to make entry to evaluate the inside of the house. When the door was opened, the ammonia smell was so strong the Deputies had to back out of the residence and regroup, but they had seen more than just one dog inside. The Lewiston Fire Department was contacted and assisted deputies with the removal of the Great Danes using air tanks. A total of 12 fully grown Great Danes were found inside.

Some of the dogs had injuries and were taken to Riverview Animal Clinic or Southway Vet. Clinic. Laliberte has been charged with 12 counts of Animal Cruelty. Citizens can help the dogs by donating directly to the clinics or to the rescue network at idahorescue.com.

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