New Hampshire woman whose 84 Great Danes were seized avoids jail

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2017 file photo, Christina Fey of Wolfeboro attends District Court at the Carroll County Superior Courthouse in Ossipee, N.H. Fay, convicted of 10 counts of animal cruelty on Dec. 12 after dozens of her Great Danes were found sick and living in filthy conditions in her home, is scheduled for sentencing on Thursday, Dec. 21. (Elizabeth Frantz/The Concord Monitor via AP, File)
Christina Fey. –Elizabeth Frantz/The Concord Monitor via AP, File

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — A judge says a woman who had dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes living in her New Hampshire mansion will serve no jail time for animal cruelty but must pay nearly $800,000 for the care they received after being seized.

Authorities took 84 dogs from Christina Fay’s Wolfeboro home in June. They say the animals were living in filth and suffering from health problems. Several died.

Fay said she loved the dogs and pleaded not guilty. Judge Charles Greenhalgh convicted her and on Thursday refused her request to have the dogs returned to her so she could find homes for them. He said the Humane Society would handle that.


Fay plans to appeal. She says she was the victim of an unfair trial and misleading testimony.


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