Trial in seizure of 84 Great Danes to begin in New Hampshire

A Great Dane puppy rests in a pen on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, before Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed an executive order revamping a commission that advises the state on animal welfare. The puppy was born to a dog that was surrendered to an animal shelter from a Wolfeboro mansion shortly before 84 other Great Danes were seized from the home and the owner was charged with animal cruelty in June. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)
A Great Dane puppy rests in a pen on Aug. 17 in Wolfeboro. The puppy was born to a dog that was surrendered to an animal shelter from a Wolfeboro mansion shortly before 84 other Great Danes were seized from the home and the owner was charged with animal cruelty in June. –Holly Ramer/AP Photo

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman charged with animal cruelty after 84 Great Danes were seized from her home is going on trial, but first a judge will consider her request to have a veterinarian examine the animals.

The trial for Christina Fay, who has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges, is set to begin on Monday. Before it starts, a judge will hear a defense motion requesting that a veterinarian traveling from Virginia be allowed to examine the dogs on Thursday ahead of her scheduled testimony on Friday.

Authorities say the dogs were living in filth and suffering from sores and other health problems when they were seized from Fay’s Wolfeboro mansion in June. She has said that she took great care of her dogs.

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