Wolfeboro woman whose 84 Great Danes were seized faces jury trial

  • The Humane Society of the United States works with the Wolfeboro Police Dept. to rescue approximately 70 Great Danes from a suspected puppy mill on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Wolfeboro, N.H. (Meredith Lee/The HSUS) Meredith Lee

  • John Moyer, corporate outreach manager for the Humane Society of the United States’ Stop Puppy Mills campaign, carries one of the dozens of Great Danes taken from Christina Fay’s Wolfeboro home last summer. Meredith Lee / The Humane Society of the United States

  • Christina Fay of Wolfeboro appears in District Court at the Carroll County Superior Courthouse in Ossipee on Sept. 6, 2017. Fay was charged in June with abusing 84 Great Danes. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor file

Associated Press and Monitor staff
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A woman who had dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes living in her Wolfeboro mansion is facing a jury trial.

Christina Fay, 59, was found guilty of multiple animal cruelty charges last year following a bench trial in Ossipee’s district court. A judge didn’t sentence Fay to jail, but said she must pay nearly $800,000 for the care the 84 dogs received after authorities seized them last June. Fay said she loved the dogs and appealed her convictions to Carroll County Superior Court for a jury trial, which began Tuesday.

Last week, prosecutors dropped some of the 10 original charges against Fay and filed new ones with references to specific dogs, saying they suffered various infections and were confined with little ventilation or water.

Fay’s lawyers had filed a motion arguing that five of the 10 charges lacked specificity and that as a result they should be dismissed or, alternatively, that the state be required to provide more information. Fay argued she could not adequately prepare for trial or protect herself against being prosecuted twice for the same offense based solely on the facts and circumstances established in the initial complaints.

A judge ruled in Fay’s favor, in part, by ordering prosecutors to be more specific about the dogs to which each general complaint applies. Fay’s motion to dismiss was denied.

A total of 14 jurors will hear evidence in the case, with two alternates chosen randomly at the trial’s conclusion. The trial is scheduled through March 9.