Wolfeboro Great Danes Update:

Great Danes to undergo spay/neuter surgery in preparation for adoption

Click to watch WMUR’s news story.

We do NOT have any of these Great Danes at our facility. 
When the plan for putting these dogs up for adoption is determined, we will share that information on our website and on our Facebook page–stay tuned.

On June 16, four members of the Pope Memorial SPCA staff  (including Tona McCarthy, our Director of Animal Cruelty Investigation who initiated the investigation of this case) were on-site to assist officials from the Wolfeboro Police Department and Animal Rescue Team from The Humane Society of the United States with seizure of 84 Great Danes from unsafe and unsanitary conditions in a home business located in Wolfeboro.

Thank you to everyone who has expressed support!  The 84 dogs are now safe at a temporary emergency shelter at an undisclosed location being looked after by skilled and caring people. (Watch video of rescue and care at temporary shelter.)

Unfortunately, these 84 dogs are considered evidence in an on-going criminal investigation so they can NOT legally be put into foster homes or placed up for adoption until the final ruling in the case is reached, which could take many months. PMSPCA will continue to contribute resources to the dogs’ on-going care.

However, an additional 9 dogs, from the same business owner, were rescued earlier and surrendered to the care of the Conway Area Human Society. Having been legally surrendered by the owner, this group of nine will be able to go up for adoption as soon as they have their medical issues taken care of.  On June 23, one of these dogs, named Ellie, gave birth to 3 puppies! (Watch video of new mom with her puppies.)

We will continue to post updates on the dogs’ progress on this page of our website as well as our Facebook page. 

Update from Wolfeboro Police Department.

HSUS blog about Wolfeboro Great Danes.

Interview of NH state director of HSUS on NPR.

Follow up story by New Hampshire Union Leader.

WGME news report on puppy’s birth.

NHPR Exchange conversation about animal abuse in NH.

Concord Monitor article about how individuals and communities have the power to stop this from happening in the future.

The Conway Daily Sun article about trial date being pushed from August to October

WGME report on progress of 9 dogs (plus 3 puppies) surrendered to Conway Area Humane Society

HSUS video update: Meet Charley

HSUS video update: Meet Nelly

HSUS video update: checking in at the temporary shelter

HSUS blog post “Great Danes recuperating, NH political leaders rallying to strengthen laws”

HSUS video: Puppy Pool Party!

HSUS video: Puppy Update!

Concord Monitor article “Veterinarian Linked to Abused Wolfeboro Great Danes”

Conway Daily Sun: “Governor to push for tougher animal cruelty laws”

Union Leader “State looks to toughen animal cruelty laws”

Union Leader “Sununu re-establishes commission on the humane treatment of animals”

NH1 News coverage of press conference about making tougher animal cruelty laws in NH

WMUR “Governor Sununu wants stronger laws after 84 Great Danes seized

WMUR “Trial of Wolfeboro woman accused of neglecting dozens of Great Danes begins”

HSUS blog post: “Owner convicted of 10 counts of animal cruelty; sentencing within 30 days

Union Leader: “Great Danes owner plans to appeal animal cruelty verdict” (includes link to read 20-page court order)

4 Ways to Help the Great Danes of Wolfeboro

Funds: Many organizations have come together to rescue and care for these majestic canines including The Humane Society of the United States, Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County, and Conway Area Humane Society

Supplies:  The Humane Society of the United States has set up a wish list of items specifically for the NH Great Dane Amazon Wish List: http://amzn.to/2tWBKlE

Let’s use our collective voice to advocate for stronger laws and to raise support for the dogs impacted by this case. Learn more from The Humane Society of the United States-New Hampshire.

ADOPT . . . eventually
These 84 dogs have several months to go before they’ll be ready for adoption, but an additional 9 others from the same business were rescued earlier and will be ready to adopt from the Conway Area Humane Society once their medical needs are taken care of. Learn more at: http://www.conwayshelter.org/