All Sections

Home | Courts

Animal cruelty defendant wins right to have vet visit her dogs

Union Leader Correspondent

September 06. 2017 11:50PM
An eight-week-old Great Dane puppy whose mother was among those seized when a Wolfeboro woman was charged with animal cruelty is shown here. The Humane Society of the United States is caring for the dogs, and estimates it may spend as much as $500,000 providing the needed medical care, enrichment activities and food. (Bea Lewis/Union Leader Correspondent)

OSSIPEE — The state has filed a dozen new animal cruelty charges against a Wolfeboro woman whose home was raided by authorities this summer, resulting in the seizure of 75 Great Danes.

Christina Fay, 59, who is already facing two misdemeanor cruelty to animal charges, appeared in court Wednesday with her legal team for a status conference to set deadlines for her upcoming trial.

Defense attorney Kent Barker of Nashua asked the judge for more time to prepare for trial, saying he had not yet had a chance to review the new charges.

During the hearing, Barker disclosed that he plans to file a motion to suppress the search warrant that was executed by Wolfeboro police on June 16 resulting in the discovery of dogs living in what authorities have described as squalid conditions inside Fay’s $1.45 million eight-bedroom mansion.

Fay has pleaded not guilty, denies the allegations and has described herself in court records as an “attentive dog owner.”

In other court action Wednesday, an agreement was approved by Judge Charles Greenhalgh allowing Fay to have a representative observe the dogs, which are now in the custody of the Humane Society.

The agreement includes a confidentiality clause that says the representative may share the location of the dogs with Fay and her defense team, but no one else. Fay has the option of requesting further information about her dogs in either the Circuit Court or the Superior Court.

Fay’s lawyers had previously argued for an injunction in Superior Court to stop the Humane Society from performing further surgeries on the dogs.

Several dogs required surgery and veterinary care to “alleviate their suffering,” according to the criminal complaints. They suffered from eye problems, ear infections, pressure sores, papilloma infection, heart worm, conjunctivitis and moist dermatitis of the feet.

The new charges against Fay allege that she negligently permitted or caused dogs in her possession or custody to be subject to cruelty by being held in a chain link kennel in the basement of her residence with little lighting or ventilation and a high ammonia level.

According to the criminal complaints, the kennel floor was covered in animal waste in which the dogs had to walk through, stand in or lay down on.

A second charge alleges Fay housed 10 dogs in the gated-off foyer of her home. The floor was slick with animal waste creating high ammonia levels. One dog identified as “Fantasia” was suffering from “cherry eye” and conjunctivitis in both eyes, which was so severe she was blind.

Courts Crime Animals Ossipee Wolfeboro

More Headlines