Wolfeboro Great Danes Update:
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.
HSUS blog about Wolfeboro Great Danes.
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”
NEW: HSUS blog post: “Owner convicted of 10 counts of animal cruelty; sentencing within 30 days“
NEW 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/