Police and animal welfare groups in New Hampshire joined together to rescue 84 neglected Great Dane dogs on Friday. 75 dogs were rescued from a suspected puppy mill at 149 Warren Sands Road while nine puppies were taken from a separate location owned by the same woman. 60-year-old Christina Fay of Wolfeboro, New Hampsire was arrested on two misdemeanor counts of neglect.
The dogs ranged in age from puppies just a few weeks old to adult dogs. They were rescued from deplorable living conditions in a gated mansion with eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Many of the Great Danes that were rescued may be pregnant.
Lindsay Hamrick, N.H. State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, was horrified by the conditions in which the dogs were living. “It was horrifying in and of itself, but I’ve never seen conditions like this in a house of that magnitude,” she said.
Hamrick explained that the dogs were sliding in their own waste, which was smeared on the floor, the walls, the windows and the furniture in the home. The food preparation area was full of rotting chicken. Some of the dogs were overweight, while others had infections and injuries.
Fay and two other adults were living at the mansion. Police say that Fay was selling puppies for $2,500 each under the kennel name De La Sang Monde. Wolfeboro Chief of Police Dean Rondeau said the the investigation is ongoing. Additional arrests and more charges may be in the future.
Hamrick said, “There is a perception that puppy mills happen only in the Midwest and the South. Clearly there are some in New Hampshire. We are not immune.” She added that consumers may unknowingly support puppy mills if they purchase dogs online or they are denied access to where the dogs are being raised.
The Humane Society of the United States brought an air-conditioned tractor trailer to the home to transport the dogs, along with two horse trailers. All of the rescued dogs are being housed and cared for at an emergency animal shelter and receiving medical attention.