1 of Great Danes in Feces-Filled Wolfeboro Mansion Animal Cruelty Case Dies
OSSIPEE — One of the more than 70 Great Danes currently in the care of the Humane Society of the United States while the dogs’ owner, Christina Fay is on trial for a dozen counts of animal cruelty, has died.
The dog, identified as D1, passed away Wednesday.
A press release drafted by Fay’s counsel states, “A fourth dog seized from her (Fay’s) home on June 16th, 2017 identified by the State as D1 has died while in the care of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The cause of death was not provided. The State mistakenly believed him to be 3-years-old, however, D1 was only 15-months-old when he died under HSUS’ care.”
The release says the court denied Fay’s previous request to re-home the dogs herself.
Lindsay Hamrick, state director of the HSUS, said like all the Great Danes at the temporary shelter, D1 was well cared for.
“Our dedicated staff and volunteers are deeply saddened over the loss,” Hamrick said. “But we are grateful he knew the comfort of a clean environment among those who cared about him.”
Hamrick said they are currently waiting on results of a necropsy, but there were no obvious signs of discomfort or pain.
Hamrick pushed back on the claim this is the fourth dog to die while in HSUS’ care.
“The defendant, once again, trying to capitalize on the humane euthanasia of the two puppies who were euthanized by a vet to alleviate their suffering from an untreatable medical condition is unconscionable.”
During the trial, a teenage girl hired by Fay testified she was told there was a dead puppy in one of the trash bags in the garage. Another employee, Marilyn Kelly testified she hurt her back lifting a dead dog in the home.
Hamrick said had it not been for the intervention of the Wolfeboro police and the HSUS these dogs would still be living in filth.
“These animals were living in such horrendous conditions and that so many of them are doing well five months later is a testament to the care they are receiving under the HSUS.”
She agreed with Fay’s counsel that they also would love to see the dogs in loving adoptive homes, but said “that decision should not be made by the person facing animal cruelty charges".
The trial continues Tuesday, Nov. 14.