Police and animal rescue workers in New Hampshire removed 84 Great Danes from properties in Wolfeboro and Bartlett and charged their owner with two counts of animal neglect, officials said.
Christina Fay was arrested Friday after Wolfeboro police executed a search warrant on her home at 149 Warren Sands Road, where 75 Great Danes were rescued from “squalid conditions,” police said in a press release.
Fay operates De La Sang Monde Great Danes, a kennel licensed by the town of Wolfeboro and also registered with the state.
Additionally, nine puppies owned by Fay were remove from a property in Bartlett, the release stated.
Fay was transported to the Carroll County Jail, where she was booked and released on bail. As a condition of her bail, Fay must not return to her home while the search warrant is active, and she must refrain from receiving or owning any animals while litigation is pending, according to the release.
She is due back in court on Aug. 2. Additional charges are possible, police said.
Police started investigating Fay in May after citizens complained about animal neglect, the release stated.
Police Chief Dean Rondeau said the conditions were the worst he’s seen in 21 years in law enforcement.
“The ammonia from the urine was so overpowering that it would burn your eyes,” he said in an interview Saturday. “There were feces throughout the entire building.”
Police contacted the Humane Society of the United States to develop a rescue plan. The dogs were safely transported to a temporary emergency animal shelter, the society said in a statement.
“I’m so relieved that these animals are now safe and in the hands of people who will provide proper care for them,” Lindsay Hamrick, the New Hampshire state director for the society, said in the statement.