NC breeder: Owner of Great Danes rescued from NH mansion had 'best European dogs' in U.S.
WOLFEBORO — A massive raid on a Wolfeboro mansion last Friday led to the seizure of 84 Great Dane dogs from deplorable conditions, many who will now need extensive medical care. The business and homeowner is 59-year-old Tina Fay. But who is she?
Maria Christina Fay (Patterson) was born in 1958 and married Patrick Michael Fay in 1987 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City according to a wedding announcement in the New York Times. It is believed she is currently estranged from her husband. She has one child, Edward, who according to an affidavit lived in the Wolfeboro home.
Fay registered her business in New Hampshire called De La Sang Monde Great Danes LLC on July 12, 2016, according New Hampshire state records. De La Sang Monde literally translates from French to "of the world blood." The principal purpose of her company was "to breed and sell the kennel for Great Dane dog off-spring for profit." However, she is not currently in good-standing with the state.
Deia Isberner has operated a Great Dane breeding kennel in North Carolina for the past 10 years and says she’s only had one transaction with Fay; she purchased a Great Dane last September named Norman Rockwell as a stud. She says Norman is extremely healthy and beautiful and he produces nice, big, healthy pups. She declined to say how much she paid for Norman.
Isberner said she has no idea about the conditions now, but when she purchased Norman, she did not believe Fay had as many dogs as were rescued last Friday. Isberner said Fay, “has some of the best European dogs in the country,” and the community of people who breed Great Danes all know this. The dogs are from a prestigious blood line, most, Isberner said, are imported from overseas and she believe Fay paid top dollar for them.
Isberner said it’s relatively easy to get dogs from overseas you just contact the breeder, send money, and they send the dog. “It’s hard to ship out, not hard to bring in,” she said.
Isberner said she doesn’t believe Fay was operating a puppy mill. She says she knows of only two litters of puppies that came from Fay’s Danes. But Isberner said Fay may have been hoarding dogs.
Fay is currently out on $10,000 bail. She is due back in court in August.