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Aug 7, 2017 3:57 PM

Care for dogs rescued from feces-filled NH mansion expected to reach half-million dollars


WOLFEBORO — It’s been just under two months since 84 Great Danes were seized from a Wolfeboro mansion and brought to a remote location until the case goes to trial in October.

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The Humane Society for the United States created the temporary emergency shelter, as they typically do in cases like this. Several staff and volunteers are on site each day caring for the dogs.

The cost of care for the Great Danes is estimated at $500,000 if the case is wrapped up by Oct. 25 as scheduled. If it drags on for months or even years, as Lindsay Hamrick, state director of the HSUS warns is possible, it could be over a million dollars.

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“Feeding them alone, that costs us a tremendous amount because these dogs are eating so much food because of how big they are,” Hamrick said.

Christina Fay is currently facing two counts of animal cruelty but more charges could be forthcoming.

Hamrick says the dogs are improving since their arrival seven weeks ago. Several of the dogs suffered from cherry eye, an inflammation of their inner eyelid. When the eye gets inflamed, it’s very easy to treat with eye drops and medication, but Hamrick said, when left untreated, surgery is necessary. The ophthalmologist working with the dogs recommended six dogs receive emergency surgeries to put their eyelid back where it is supposed to be. Those six dogs are all currently recovering from their surgeries.

Hamrick said the dogs were all treated for Giardia – a parasite that lives in the intestines, Papilloma virus – a highly-contagious herpes virus — ear infections and many still have untreated orthopedic issues. Hamrick said they cannot treat any ailment that is not more or less life-threatening, because dogs are property in the eyes of the law.

“Because these dogs are still considered the defendant’s property, we can’t do everything in the emergency shelter,” Hamrick said. “We can’t ‘alter her property.’”

For that reason, the dogs have not been spayed or neutered.

HSUS is accepting donations to help with the cost of care. They also have posted an Amazon wish list for the Great Danes.

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