The Wolfeboro Police Department served search, seizure and arrest warrants on the property on Friday morning and found that the dogs were being housed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
Wolfeboro police said the dogs were in the custody of 60-year-old Christina Fay, who owns and operates De La Sang Monde Great Danes, as per a report by KCCI News yesterday.
Fay was arrested and faces two misdemeanor charges of animal neglect. While she is now out on bail, her court date has been scheduled for August 2, 2017, and it is anticipated that she may face more charges.
The department initiated an investigation on May 8th surrounding animal neglect allegations.
When responders arrived, they found 84 Great Danes living in squalid conditions with limited access to food or water. The dogs were sliding on their own feces while walking, and several had eyelids so swollen their eyes were red. The smell of ammonia, feces and raw chicken reportedly overwhelmed the rescuers.
According to an HSUS, the organization rarely needs to intervene in animal neglect cases in New Hampshire because the state’s animal shelters have the capacity and resources to handle most cruelty cases, but the financial burden associated with the long-term care of these animals and the logistical considerations involved required additional assistance.
“We urge lawmakers to pass a comprehensive cost of animal care law to require those charged with animal cruelty to pay for the costs associated with the care of their animals while the case is prosecuted, so animal welfare groups and taxpayers do not bear these financial burdens,” Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire state director for The HSUS who was on the scene, stated in the release.
The dogs were transported to a temporary emergency animal shelter where they are expected to receive care for a minimum of four months.
“I’ve never seen conditions this bad in more than 21 years of law enforcement,” said Wolfeboro Police Chief Dean Rondeau. “Words cannot describe the absolute abhorrent conditions these animals were living in.”
Responders from the Barnstead Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Conway Area Humane Society, Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County, Stewart’s Ambulance, Wolfeboro Fire Department, Wolfeboro Health Officer/Code Enforcement also assisted in the rescue.
According to the HSUS, special trucks were required, and many resources will be needed to ensure their ongoing care.
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