75 Great Danes Seized Last Year In Wolfeboro Are Now All In Permanent Homes

Sep 11, 2018

Wanda, one of the Great Danes removed from a Wolfeboro dog breeder, enjoying a couch in her new adopted home.
Credit Humane Society of the U.S.

Fourteen-months after 75 Great Danes were seized from a home in Wolfeboro, the Humane Society of the United States says it has successfully adopted all of the dogs to permanent homes.

The animals were taken last June from Christina Fay, a breeder who was found guilty of animal cruelty.

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The Humane Society created a temporary shelter to house the dogs while they remained held as evidence during the criminal trial and a subsequent appeal in Superior Court. The non-profit has been vetting and adopting the Great Danes to permanent homes since receiving a judge’s permission to do so in mid-June.

“Very experienced adopters came forward, and offered such wonderful families to these dogs, and we’re celebrating the closure of our emergency animal shelter,” says Lindsay Hamrick, state director for HSUS.  

The cost of caring for the animals, many of which had complex medical needs, has topped $2 million. Fay is appealing the guilty verdict to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. While she avoided jail time, she was sentenced to pay full restitution.