84 Great Danes Rescued From Mansion of Horrors

Animal rescuers had their hands full over the weekend as they seized dozens of Great Danes. The 75 neglected dogs were hidden behind the walls of a New Hampshire mansion.

Allegations of neglect and complaints about barking dogs on the property spurred an investigation last month. Early on Friday morning, the Wolfeboro Police Department finally served a search-and-seizure warrant at the property, where 75 Great Danes were found living in horrifying conditions.

“I’ve never seen conditions this bad in more than 21 years of law enforcement. Words cannot describe the absolute abhorrent conditions these animals were living in. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to The Humane Society of the United States, Conway Area Humane Society and Pope Memorial SPCA, whose expert opinion and counsel was well-received, as well as the other local organizations who assisted at the scene.” said Chief Dean Rondeau of the Wolfeboro Police Department.

Investigators described the conditions as squalid, while images and footage taken at the scene speak for themselves.

The dogs had been left to live in urine and feces, with limited or no access to food and water. The HSUS added in a statement that “the smell of ammonia, feces and raw chicken overwhelmed rescuers.”

The property’s owner, Christina Fay, had reportedly been selling puppies for as much as $2,500 each, under the business name De La Sang Monde Great Danes. Fay was arrested on two counts of animal neglect, and according to the police department, she’s likely to face more charges as the investigation plays out.

An additional nine puppies were also removed from the Fay’s custody at a separate location, bringing the grand total to 84 dogs.

Thanks to multiple agencies and organizations involved in this effort, all of the Great Danes are now safe, but this case is a heartbreaking reminder that puppy mills come in many forms and can exist anywhere. Many challenges involving mills, breeders, regulation and enforcement remain, and it often takes a substantial amount of time before there’s any sort of meaningful intervention.

While the HSUS noted that it rarely needs to intervene in New Hampshire’s animal neglect cases because the state has the capacity and resources to handle them, the cost is still a problem. Unlike some other states, New Hampshire has no law that requires those charged in cruelty cases to pay for animal care while their court cases proceed.

“We urge lawmakers to pass a comprehensive cost of animal care law to require those charged with animal cruelty to pay for the costs associated with the care of their animals while the case is prosecuted, so animal welfare groups and taxpayers do not bear these financial burdens,” said Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire state director for The HSUS.

Hopefully this case will encourage more people to be vigilant about where their dogs come from, while work continues to raise awareness about puppy mills and the problems associated with buying dogs from pet stores.

As for the dogs who were removed from the mansion, they have been placed in a temporary emergency shelter. Although they won’t be available for adoption yet, as they’re considered evidence in this case, they will now at least receive the care they desperately need and deserve.

The Conway Area Humane Society is now in possession of the nine Great Danes who were removed separately. While they are currently receiving medical care, they will soon be available for adoption.

For more information about the dogs and updates about this case, check out The Humane Society of the United States and the Conway Area Humane Society.

If you suspect a puppy mill operates in your area, you can report it at 877-MILL-TIP (645-5847).

Photo credit: HSUS/YouTube


Marie W
Marie W2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla6 months ago

So disgusting, how can someone profit from this? And worst is the people who buy pets! ADOPT, never buy!

Jennifer H
Jennifer H7 months ago

Why did it take so long? I find it unacceptable the dogs lives are still being screwed with by being considered "evidence" and not allowed to look for caring homes.

heather g
heather g8 months ago

People need to be more vigilant about their neighbours

Doris F
Doris F8 months ago

thanks to the rescuers

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa8 months ago

Thank you

Joy T
Joy T8 months ago

God bless the rescuers!

Margie F8 months ago

Thank you to the rescuers

Rita Odessa
Rita Odessa8 months ago

If people would consider adopting and not shopping for that oh so perfect puppy idea, we'd have a lot less breeders and these sad situations. Truly sickens me to read this poor dogs were used to make money while those that shop support this animal abuse.

Lori Hone
Lori Hone8 months ago