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Jury begins deliberations in Great Dane cruelty case

Union Leader Correspondent

March 09. 2018 8:00PM
More than 70 Great Danes were removed in June 2017 from Christina Fay's home in Wolfeboro. (Bea Lewis/Union Leader Correspondent file photo)

WOLFEBORO — The jury that will decide the fate of a Wolfeboro woman charged with animal cruelty will resume its deliberations on Monday.

Christina Fay, 59, is facing 17 misdemeanor charges alleging that she deprived some or all of the 75 Great Danes kept at her home of necessary care, sustenance or shelter, by failing to treat or inadequately treating a variety of medical conditions. Other charges accuse her of subjecting her dogs to cruelty, inhumane treatment or unnecessary suffering of any kind, for the conditions in which they were housed.

Two weeks of testimony concluded on Friday with the defense resting its case. A jury of five women and seven men deliberated for about an hour before the courthouse closed for the day.

In his closing argument to the jury, defense attorney Kent Barker said the state had failed to prove its case, maintaining that the bulk of the medical conditions the charges cite as being evidence of cruelty or neglect are heritable.

Fay was previously found guilty of 10 counts of animal cruelty by a judge, but appealed the conviction resulting in a jury trial in Superior Court.

She was given a one-year suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay nearly $792,000 in restitution.

The court has approved a $142,000 “judicial lien” on her 129 Warren Sands Rd., Wolfeboro home to satisfy state law that requires those convicted of animal cruelty and appeal to post a $2,000 bond for each animal to maintain an ownership interest in them.

John Moyer of the Humane Society of the United States carries one of the Great Danes during their removal from Christina Fay's Wolfeboro home in June of 2017. (Meredith Lee/The Humane Society of the United States file photo)

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