The Police Department of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, responded to several reports of a puppy mill being run in the area. After a swift action, the police and animal welfare groups managed to rescue more than 84 Great Dane dogs living in miserable conditions.
The saved animals range in age from puppies, with some being only a few weeks old, to juvenile and adult dogs. Some of the canines were contained in small cages, while others were roaming free inside the mansion that was absolutely appalling. “There was feces and debris smeared across all the walls to the point where the windows were opaque,” said one of the rescuers.
The foul conditions the dogs were kept in showed no sign of water, while raw chicken parts, feces, dirt and debris could be found all over the place. Some of the animals were underweight, ridden with infections and had irritated eyes.
The Humane Society took the dogs to a temporary shelter where they will continue to work on healing their medical conditions and mending their spirits. “They need to know what it means to truly be loved,” the workers stated.
The owner, 60-year-old Christina Fay, was arrested on two misdemeanor counts of neglect and quickly released on personal recognizance bail on condition that she not possess any animals while the charges are active.
The woman was selling puppies for $2,500 apiece and her website shows several photos of dogs posed in areas of the house that were kept clean for show. In the photos, everything looked clean, well-kept and the animals appeared happy and healthy, while the reality was something completely different.
Regarding this as just one of the many similar situations occurring around the country, the Humane Society posted this: “We have to adopt federal and state policies that prevent situations from deteriorating to this point, where we can intervene only when the situation is so severe that a puppy mill case becomes a crime scene and a case of animal cruelty.”