164 Days following the seizure of over 80 Great Danes from the deplorable conditions of Christina Fay's Wolfeboro mansion, she has been found guilty of 10 counts of animal cruelty.
The ruling comes from Presiding Judge Greenhalgh of the 3rd Circuit - District Division, Carroll County, NH Court.
That ruling stated, in part: “The evidence shows that the Defendant did not provide adequate care, substance or shelter. Many of the dogs had untreated illnesses, including giardia, ear infections and papilloma virus. The evidence shows that these illnesses began to multiply and spread, untreated, between May and June 16, 2017. The dogs were left without adequate water on multiple occasions. They were housed in inadequate, unsanitary facilities, which did not allow them to remain clean and dry. Their living areas were poorly ventilated and they were exposed to unhealthy levels of ammonia.”
A sentencing hearing will be scheduled within the next 30 days which will determine custody of the Great Danes, as well as potential restitution.
In the meantime, the Great Danes will continue to be cared for with love, at the special shelter created for the dogs by the Humane Society of the United States.
This finding certainly sets us on the path towards justice for those amazing animals. Although current NH animal cruelty laws are rather limiting, which we plan to rectify in the 2018 legislative season, we can only hope that Judge Greenhalgh's sentence is as fitting for the crime as possible.
StraightTwist will be posting updates on how and when you can help support Senator Bradley's bill, which will enhance felony level charges for egregious acts of animal cruelty.
Click here for an inside look at Christina Fay's testimony and how it contributed to a guilty ruling.
(Photo: Great Dane, Martin Tajmr, dog was not involved in the Wolfeboro case)