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One of the dogs in Wolfeboro animal cruelty case may be put down after it attacked Humane Society worker

Sunday News Correspondent

May 05. 2018 9:28PM
More than 70 Great Danes were removed in June 2017 from Christina Fay's home in Wolfeboro. (Bea Lewis/Union Leader Correspondent file photo)

OSSIPEE - Christina Fay, the former Wolfeboro resident convicted of 17 counts of animal cruelty, will be sentenced May 11, when she also will learn if one of the Great Danes seized from her will be euthanized after it bit and seriously injured a caretaker.

According to court documents, about 7:20 a.m. on April 9, a contractor for the Humane Society of the United States was petting the dog, a 145-pound unneutered male named Remus - referred to as dog A1-02 - when it growled and lunged at her in an "unprovoked and sustained attack."

The dog bit the woman's arm and pulled her to the ground. She was able to yank her arm free, but Remus "grabbed the contractor's shoulder area, stood over top of her and began shaking her," the documents said.

The woman suffered "bite wounds, lacerations and extensive soft-tissue damage" that required surgery, the records said.

The injuries will require "extensive, long-term rehabilitation," the court documents said, and "at this time, the prognosis for a full recovery is not clear."

Remus, the state said, should be euthanized because he has "insufficient bite inhibition, is extremely dangerous, is not safe around people or other animals and cannot be adopted out or rehabilitated."

In response, Fay demanded due process for Remus, including an examination by an expert and a review of the HSUS protocols for "preventing dog bites while keeping dogs."

In orders issued May 3 and released Friday, Judge Amy Ignatius said she would consider the state's request to put down Remus and Fay's objections after Fay is sentenced in Carrol County Superior Court next Friday.

Also on May 3, Ignatius denied two defense motions to reconsider Fay's conviction on the 17 animal-cruelty charges, all of which are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.

In June 2017, Wolfeboro police, after receiving tips that Great Danes owned by Fay were living in filthy conditions and afflicted with a variety of medical conditions, raided her home and seized 75 dogs.

Last December Fay, following a bench trial in Ossipee Circuit Court, was found guilty of 10 counts of animal cruelty and ordered to pay nearly $800,000 for the care of the dogs provided by the HSUS.

Fay appealed that conviction and was convicted again in March by a Carroll County Superior Court jury.

Fay filed two motions asking to set aside the verdict, the first contending that there was insufficient evidence, the second that "the weight of the evidence did not support a finding of guilty."

Ignatius denied both motions but granted a request allowing attorney I. Marshall Pinkus, who practices in Indiana, to represent Fay at sentencing.

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