Prosecutors want dog seized from Wolfeboro mansion euthanized after bite

  • 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

Associated Press
Published: 5/4/2018 2:52:18 PM

Lawyers for the state want to euthanize one of the dozens of Great Danes seized from a New Hampshire woman who awaits sentencing in an animal cruelty case, saying the 145-pound dog named Remus attacked and seriously injured a caretaker.

Court documents say Remus was removed from his kennel for exercise on April 9 when he growled and lunged at the caretaker, biting her forearm and pulling her to the ground. It took several shelter staff members to pull him away from the victim. The woman suffered bite wounds, cuts, and tissue damage to her shoulder and forearm. She underwent surgery and will require long-term rehabilitation for her injuries.

The New Hampshire Humane Society on Friday said it couldn’t release details on her medical status because of privacy considerations.

The dog had been taken from Christina Fay, 60, of Wolfeboro, who faces sentencing May 11 on 17 counts of animal cruelty. Fay’s lawyers objected to the state’s motion to euthanize the dog. Judge Amy Ignatius said she’d address the matter after sentencing.

The Humane Society says the dog is dangerous and that the incident ranked high on a dog bite scale used by veterinarians. They said the dog is not safe for humans to have direct contact with him.

Fay’s lawyers say the state has failed to offer enough information about what happened and that not enough experts have been consulted.

Authorities took 84 dogs from Fay’s Wolfeboro mansion last year, saying the animals were living in filth and suffering from health problems. Fay said she loved the dogs and pleaded not guilty.

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