Humane Society: 'Likely' more of 84 dogs rescued from feces-filled mansion are pregnant
CONWAY — Tina Fay is facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges for hoarding dozens and dozens of Great Danes in her Wolfeboro home. Eighty-four of the dogs are currently at an undisclosed location being cared for until court proceedings conclude, as they are considered evidence.
But nine Great Danes got lucky. They were surrendered before the raid and are in the care of the Conway Area Humane Society. Once all the dogs are cleared by a medical and behavioral team they can be adopted out.
One of the nine, Ellie, recently gave birth to three puppies. Debra Cameron, operations manager at CAHS said, as they have done in the past with other litters of puppies, they will allow anyone who wants to sponsor one (pay for spay/neuter and vaccines), to name him/her.
CAHS said many of the Great Danes are recovering but need advanced medical care. Six-year-old Mufasa, had surgery Wednesday to remove a foreign object from his stomach. According to their Facebook page, Mufasa vomited several undigested bones and unusual material. After an X-ray, veterinarians discovered the foreign substance in his stomach and decided it would have to be removed surgically. The surgery was a success and now he is recovering in a medical foster home.
The CAHS says they are no longer taking applications for the 12 Great Danes currently at the shelter or in their foster care system as they have received more than 300 applications. But, it’s possible they will receive more dogs the court proceedings wrap up. And there are several dogs posted online who are still waiting for their forever homes.
Could more of the 84 Great Danes be pregnant? It’s likely, according to Lindsay Hamrick, state director of the Humane Society of the United States. Hamrick said the only way to know for sure right now are expensive ultrasounds because the unborn puppies are typically hidden underneath their mother’s ribs during pregnancy So, she said, instead they will watch for signs of lactation.