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Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011

County: Cascade

Charges: Misdemeanor, Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Lisa Jean Cano

Ten dogs that were seized during an animal cruelty case in November are now available for adoption at the Humane Society of Cascade County.

The Humane Society took in 14 dogs last week after the organization was contacted by the county attorney's office, said Nora Norum, board member with HSCC.

"Some have been adopted out already," she said.

A variety of breeds are available for immediate adoption, including a Lhasa Apso, Jack Russell terrier, a yellow Lab, a retriever mix and a Lab mix.

One of the dogs, a coon hound, is scheduled to undergo a major surgery next week to deal with various health problems that are a result of neglect, Norum said.

If the surgery is successful, the hound will be available for adoption, Norum said.

In the meantime, the Humane Society is asking for donations to help with the cost of the surgery, which is expected to be about $2,000.

"We really need donations to cover her medical bills," Norum said.

The other seized animals appear healthy.

"They've only had a real cursory lookover, but at this point, they seem really healthy," Norum said.

There is no fee to adopt the animals, but new owners are responsible for the cost of spaying or neutering their pet, which they arrange through their veterinarian's office.

The animals were seized from Lisa Cano of Fort Shaw, who was charged in November with keeping malnourished horses and other animals in what county authorities described as "unacceptable" conditions.

In November, authorities seized several horses, two birds, one cat and "numerous" dogs, according to court documents. They also allegedly found the skull and vertebrae of a young horse on Cano's property.

Cano pleaded not guilty in December to a felony offense of aggravated animal cruelty and unlawful disposition of a dead animal, a misdemeanor.

Information was not available Saturday about the seized horses.

The two birds are being evaluated, Norum said.

"They are not available for adoption at this time," she said. "They have some behavioral issues."

For more information on adopting a dog or to make a donation, call the Human Society of Cascade County at 406-231-4722.


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