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News stories regarding animal cruelty cases in New Hampshire.

Deering Woman Arrested for Animal Cruelty pdf file
December 6, 2018
Deering police arrested Bethany Jewell, 39, after concluding an investigation into the abuse and neglect of horses and oxen in her care.

Most Dogs From Marlborough Case in Temporary Homes pdf file
October 12, 2018
The Monadnock Humane Society has found temporary homes for 42 of the 52 Labrador retrievers.

Pet Groomer Charged in Dog's Death pdf file
September 20, 2018
Hampton Police charged a local pet groomer with animal cruelty after a dog died while in her care in June.

Judge Allows Marlborough Man's Dogs to be Fostered pdf file
August 24, 2018
A judge has ruled that more than 50 dogs removed from a Marlborough man's home in an animal-cruelty case may be placed in foster care.

Marlborough Man Faces Additional Cruelty Charges pdf file
August 22, 2018
Man accused of neglecting 52 Labrador retrievers faces new charges as a judge considers whether the dogs can live in temporary foster homes for the duration of the case.

Fay Great Danes Headed for New Homes pdf file
August 1, 2018
More than a year after being rescued from squalid conditions inside a gated mansion, the Great Danes seized from Christina Fay are being adopted into forever homes.

Fay Appeals Case to State Supreme Court pdf file
July 23, 2018
Christina Fay, the woman sentenced in Carroll County Superior Court last month after being convicted of 17 counts of animal cruelty, has appealed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

German Shepherd Cruelty Case Goes to Jury Trial pdf file
July 19, 2018
Jennifer Choate pleads guilty and is seeking a direct appeal to Grafton County Superior Court for a jury trial.

Re-homing of Great Danes Begins pdf file
June 21, 2018
Humane Society of the United States is now working to match the dogs with loving, proper homes.

Fay Appeals Sentence Again pdf file
June 14, 2018
Christina Fay has decided she would be appealing to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and most of the sentences will have to be stayed until then.

Great Dane Owner To Serve At Least A Month In Jail pdf file
May 11, 2018
A Carroll County Superior Court judge Friday sentenced Christina Fay to at least a month in jail.

Cat Killer Receives 3-6 Year Sentence pdf file
April 25, 2018
Defense Attorney claimed George Abbott killed his cat as a sacrifice to God.

Fay Guilty Again - In Jury Trial  pdf file
March 12, 2018
A Carroll County Superior Court jury found Christina Fay guilty on each of 17 charges of animal cruelty.

Bristol Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Cruelty Charges pdf file
January 23, 2018
Jennifer Choate has pleaded not guilty to five charges of animal cruelty, including to leaving 29 German shepherd dogs inside an unoccupied structure with heat lamps attached to the cages that caused a fire that killed all of them in December.

22 German Shepherds Seized From Barn pdf file
January 3, 2018
Jennifer Choate is charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty, one for each dog, found living in an Alexandria barn with no heat or fresh water.

Fay Sentenced to 12 Months Suspended pdf file
December 21, 2017
Fay is allowed to keep one dog, must pay restitution.

Man Facing Animal Cruelty Charges for Choking, Punching Dog pdf file
December 19, 2017
A New Hampshire man has been accused of choking and punching his dog as he was trying to get the animal into his car.

Great Dane Owner Guilty on 10 Counts of Animal Cruelty pdf file
December 12, 2017
"The conditions in which these dogs were kept constitutes cruelty", the judge said.

14 Cats in Found Crammed in Crate pdf file
November 24, 2017
Police in Claremont have accused two people of cramming 14 cats into a medium-sized dog crate left outside a house. One of the cats was found dead and a second has since died.

Animal cruelty trail of Christina Fay of Wolfeboro wrapped up in Ossipee'’'s Circuit Court'.'  pdf file
November 15, 2017
The trial, overseen by Circuit Judge Charles Greenhalgh, started Oct. 16 and ran five days through Oct. 24. It then picked up for a final day Tuesday, November 14.

Manchester woman charged with cruelty after ferret found burned in oven  pdf file
November 8, 2017
A Manchester woman was charged with a felony animal cruelty, after firefighters found a pet ferret burned to death inside the oven where she was living.

A Bartlett veterinarian and her vet tech will not have to testify in the animal cruelty case of Christina Fay  pdf file
October 24, 2017
A Bartlett veterinarian and her vet tech will not have to testify in the animal cruelty case of Christina Fay, a judge ruled Tuesday in day five of the trial. Meanwhile, the defense is asking the judge to dismiss the charges against Fay.

Concord woman convicted of neglecting horses begins prison sentence pdf file
October 11, 2017
Joanie Osgood, 59, was taken into custody following a brief hearing in Merrimack County Superior Court, where she did not oppose a county prosecutor’s motion to impose the sentence first handed down in 2015.
Police say man used a stun gun on his own dog.

Police say man used a stun gun on his own dog  pdf file
October 25, 2017
A New Hampshire man is facing animal cruelty charges after police said he used a stun gun on his own dog.

Attorney calls woman who had dogs seized 'attentive' owner as she faces more charges  pdf file
August 31, 2017
Christina Fay, previously accused of two misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty after police found 84 Great Dane dogs living in squalor in her $1.5 million dollar mansion back in June, is now facing a dozen more animal cruelty charges.

Croydon Woman Sentenced for Animal Cruelty pdf file
August 24, 2017
A Croydon woman found guilty of animal cruelty will serve six months in the Sullivan County House of Corrections nine months after 21 chihuahuas and a cat living in poor conditions were removed from a property on Pine Hill Road.

Sununu Re-establishes Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals pdf file
August 17, 2017
Staff and volunteers with the state's animal welfare groups crowded the front lawn at the police station on Thursday to watch Gov. Chris Sununu pen an executive order that many of those in attendance view as a solid step toward helping curb animal cruelty.

Accused Wolfeboro Great Dane Owner Wants Dogs Back Under Her Control pdf file
August 11, 2017
Christina Fay, the Wolfeboro woman charged in June with abusing 75 Great Danes found in her home, claims the dogs were "seized, not rescued" by law enforcement, her attorney said.

Veterinarian Linked to Abused Wolfeboro Great Danes pdf file
August 5, 2017
While officials examine evidence they believe proves a woman abused dozens of Great Danes and operated an illegal business in her Wolfeboro mansion, the town's police chief said this week his department will begin looking into whether others were involved in the alleged crime, including at least one veterinarian.

Trial date set in trash-filled home case  pdf file
July 31, 2017
A trial date has been set for a local woman who was vacated from her home in June after code enforcement and police officers found nine months worth of trash and animal feces covering its floors.

Bradley to File Animal Cruelty Legislation pdf file
July 27, 2017
State Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) intends to file legislation aimed at preventing animal cruelty cases like the one last month in which dozens of Great Danes were seized.

Arrests Made in Deering Horse Neglect Case pdf file
June 28, 2017
Two people have been charged in connection to a horse neglect case in Deering.

Chichester Farm Takes in Four Rescued Horses from Deering pdf file
June 22, 2017
The last of four hourses - newly named Solstice - was ushed out of te back of its trailer, its gray, matted hair covered in filth.

16-year-old Worker: Maggots Poured from Box of Chicken at NH Mansion Where 84 Dogs Rescued pdf file
June 20, 2017
Employees of the woman arrested for animal cruelty against over 80 Great Danes reveal the "deplorable" conditions the dogs lived in and they worked in.

Man Facing Animal Cruelty Charges for Pepper Spraying Dog in New Hampshire pdf file
June 12, 2017
A New Hampshire man is facing charges in connection with pepper spraying his neighbor's dog last month.

SPCA says horse rescued with dozens of other animals will need surgery pdf file
June 8, 2017
A 12-year-old horse that was one of 50 animals rescued during an animal cruelty investigation and brought to the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will need to undergo costly surgery to fix her contracted tendons that make walking difficult.

84 Great Danes rescued from 'suspected puppy mill' pdf file
June 17, 2017
A Wolfeboro woman has been charged with animal cruelty after 84 Great Danes were taken from two properties as part of what the Humane Society is calling a "suspected puppy mill."

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