Owner of Great Danes asks court to postpone trial for lawyer’s vacation

  • Senior Field Rescue Responder for The Humane Society of the United States Rowdy Shaw removes a dog from the house during a rescue of approximately 70 Great Danes from a suspected puppy mill on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Wolfeboro, N.H. The Wolfeboro Police Dept. called in The HSUS to assist with rescue and long-term care of the dogs. (Meredith Lee/The HSUS)

  • The house in Wolfeboro where 84 Great Danes were discovered as part of a raid carried out Friday. Investigators say the dogs were living in squalid conditions.The owner of the house–Christina Fay– was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal neglect. She will be arraigned in August.

Monitor staff
Saturday, July 08, 2017

A woman charged with neglecting 84 Great Danes at a suspected puppy mill has requested a new trial date while her lawyer is on vacation.

Christina Fay of Wolfeboro was charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after the animals were seized by police, who were responding to her eight-bedroom mansion for reports of dogs barking. Police said Fay ran a business from home called De La Sang Monde Great Danes.

Fay was scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 23, but is requesting the trial be moved until after her counsel’s vacation, which will take place from Aug. 18 to 28. The trial is now scheduled for Oct. 25 in Ossipee’s district court, according to court documents.

The Humane Society said in a press release that the dogs had “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 overwhelmed rescuers,” the release stated.

The dogs were taken to a temporary emergency animal shelter at an undisclosed location.

Details around the case have been grim. Wolfeboro police chief Dean Rondeau previously told the Monitor that police saw cages lined up in the basement and dogs roaming free. There was rotting chicken in the refrigerator, and dog waste high on the walls and windows. The smell was so bad that “I ended up completely incapacitated,” Rondeau had said.

Rondeau has also said more charges are on the way, including reckless conduct charges and endangering the welfare of a child, since a 16-year-old had been there at the house, working as part of a large staff.

Two veterinarians brought in by the Humane Society of the United States said many of the animals have eye problems, skin conditions and viral infections contagious to other dogs.

But the community is also rallying around the animals, which cannot be adopted while the case is in progress because they are considered evidence, police said. The Wolfeboro police Facebook page shows that three girls raised $137 for the Danes’ care, which the department plans to match.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Fay’s lawyer will be going on vaction.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)