Dog Who Had Been Living in 'Deplorable' Wolfeboro Mansion with 74 Others Dies
A "third" Great Dane that had been taken from a Wolfeboro woman's home has died.
Christina Fay, 59, has been charged with a dozen counts of animal cruelty after 75 Great Dane dogs were found living in “deplorable” conditions in June at her Wolfeboro mansion.
A press release from her attorney Kent Barker sent to media outlets on Friday said the dog, Lira, had been a female rescue from Europe that had not been used for breeding.
She had been spayed and Fay had paid for gastropexy, which is a surgical procedure used to prevent bloat in dogs.
According to the release, Lira died on Wednesday while in the care of the Humane Society of the United States, and Fay's attorney told her about the death on Thursday.
Fay has asked for the dogs ashes to be returned to her.
Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire state director for HSUS, said the organization would clarify the statement from Barker to say “another dog has died."
"Two of the dogs mentioned in the release were puppies who, despite 24 hour supervision and all efforts being exhausted to treat them, were humanely euthanized after a licensed veterinarian determined they were suffering from an untreatable condition," according to a statement from HSUS. "The Great Dane who passed away on Sept. 20 left our veterinarians, staff and volunteers heartbroken, but we are also grateful that she was under loving care and passed in a clean and enriched living environment. We have authorized a complete necropsy, but as this case is ongoing, we cannot comment further."
Fay has previously requested the court place the dogs back in her care. A hearing on that request has been scheduled for Oct. 3.
The Wolfeboro Police Department served search and seizure and arrest warrants for the Wolfeboro mansion property June 16 after an initial investigation on May 8 revealed the massive dogs living in unsanitary conditions with limited access to food and water.
"I’ve never seen conditions this bad in more than 21 years of law enforcement. Words cannot describe the absolute abhorrent conditions these animals were living in," Police Chief Dean Rondeau said at the time.
Fay's attorneys have argued that one of the two whistleblowers, Marilyn Kelly, who’s photos led to the search warrant signed by the judge in the first place, was not adequately doing the job she was hired to do in the mansion; implying the “deplorable” conditions of the home were due to the inattentiveness of Kelly.
A motion filed in Ossipee district court also claims Wolfeboro police relied on information provided by Kelly and a 16-year-old informant “with reckless disregard for the truth."
The motion says the 16-year-old visited the property only once and her “representations to the State are rife with hyperbole and contain a highly suspect level of details trending toward the dramatic.”