May 16, 2018OSSIPEE — It appears that the 75 Great Danes removed from squalid conditions at the home of dog breeder Christina Fay and placed in the care of the Humane Society of New Hampshire in June of 2017 will remain under its care a while longer.
A jury trial, concluded on March 12, resulted in Fay's conviction of 17 Class A misdemeanors, each punishable for up to a year in the House of Corrections. On May 11, in a three hour hearing, Fay was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 60 days suspended if the defense team can gain the judge's approval of a counseling program for the defendant.
Fay will only be allowed to own just one spayed or neutered dog within the next five years.
Still unresolved is the matter of restitution for the animal's care and treatment, pegged at $1.8 million, nearly a year after the multi-agency rescue operation, and negotiation of a plan to place the animals in new homes. Prosecutor Steve Briden told the judge that repeated proposals have been rejected.
Judge Amy Ignatious said if the parties can't come to an agreement, the court has the authority to forfeit the dogs to the state. She stated that she is in favor of finding new homes for the dogs, but she is not willing to give Fay the authority to make adoption decisions.
So, the sentencing hearing will continue on June 14. Fay remains free, but the animals still await a decision as to adoption.
The first trial, a bench trial in District Court, resulted in 10 counts of animal cruelty and a 12 month sentence to be suspended upon compliance with restitution to the Pope Memorial SPCA, the town of Wolfeboro, and HSUS. Fay exercised her option for a jury trial, which has concluded with jail time, a counseling option and the aforementioned issues undecided.
Fay left the court house to find that she had to find another means of transportation than the
Cadillac SUV she drove to the hearing. The plates on her car had not only expired, but belonged to her Mercedes. The Ossipee Police Department issued Fay a summons for misuse of plates and a warning for driving an unregistered and uninspected vehicle.