Wanda the Great Dane sprawls on a couch in her new home. (Photos/HSUS)
WOLFEBORO — Almost 15 months after police and representatives of the Humane Society of the United States raided a Great Dane breeding operation, the emergency shelter set up to house the dogs has been closed and all the animals have been adopted, authorities report.
“Today, the Humane Society of the United States has officially closed the doors on an animal shelter we have operated since June 16, 2017,” said Lindsay Hamrick, state director of the nonprofit animal welfare group.
“After two trials and two convictions, all of the adoptable dogs have been placed with loving and experienced forever families or with compassionate foster homes, seeing them through prescribed medical treatments and care.”
Hamrick said the rescue of the nearly 80 dogs and their care throughout the legal process “has been the most expensive” in the organization’s history.
Hamrick offered the humane society’s thanks to what she described as the “army of people” — more than 500 volunteers, professional canine trainers, and veterinarians — who played a role in helping the dogs heal.
She offered similar praise to the rescue and shelter partners who ensured each dog was paired with the right home. She additionally paid compliments to those who “opened their hearts so that these survivors can finally feel the comfort of a permanent family.”
The dogs’ former owner, Christina Fay, was convicted of 17 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and sentenced to nine days in jail, suspended on the condition she undergo counseling.
The 60-year-old also was ordered to pay approximately $1.9 million to the Humane Society of the United States to reimburse the group for what it says it spent caring for the animals. The final amount is subject to terms to be negotiated between the state and the defense.
The judge also awarded the Wolfeboro Police Department $18,682.88. The department seized the dogs from Fay’s 149 Warren Sands Road home.
Fay has filed an appeal with the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Oral arguments have not yet been scheduled.