Great Danes rescued, NH puppy mill busted

Police and animal welfare groups rescued 84 Great Dane dogs living in squalid conditions on Friday and have charged the owner with animal neglect.

Fay was arrested on two counts of animal neglect, and according to the police department, she's likely to face more charges as the investigation plays out.

Fay is scheduled to be arraigned in the Ossipee Circuit Court on August 3.

Once an air-conditioned tractor-trailer outfitted with built-in cages was filled to capacity, Hamrick said, there wasn't a single bark, indicating to her the dogs were happy to be in that clean, safe environment.

The dogs were brought to a temporary emergency animal shelter where they will receive care for at least the next four months.

Police say they had received a number of complaints regarding barking dogs on the property and began investigating in early May. There was also a very heavy odor of ammonia, feces and raw chicken. Their paws appeared to be infected and were especially large for Great Danes.

"I have never seen anything like this in my career in law enforcement or in my career in the military".

The 75 neglected dogs were hidden behind the walls of a New Hampshire mansion. She said this is typical for puppy mills. The paper reported that Fay was selling the dogs for $2,500 through a kennel named De La Sang Monde, which has a Facebook page.

They included the town's fire and public works departments, CAHS, HSUS, Pope Memorial SPCA, Carroll County Sheriff Department, Bartlett and Barnstead police, State Police and Stewart's Ambulance.

The dogs had been left to live in urine and feces, with limited or no access to food and water. Consumers need to be better educated.

There are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the US and majority are unregulated.

Thinking about adopting a dog? They can not go up for adoption until legal proceedings against Fay have ended, since they are considered evidence. Until her case is over, none of the dogs will be available for adoption. "Words can not describe the absolute abhorrent conditions these animals were living in", he said.

"It's astonishing that such cruelty can occur", said Lindsay Hamrick, director of the New Hampshire Humane Society.

Because of current New Hampshire law, the financial burden of treating and caring for these dogs fall under the burden of the Wolfeboro taxpayers.

The HSUS shot video of the dogs and the bad conditions inside the home. HSUS is lobbying for New Hampshire to pass legislation like 20 other states nationwide including ME and MA to protect the defendant's rights, but also lessen the burden on the taxpayer.

Vanessa Coleman

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