OSSIPEE, N. H. – A woman who was found guilty of housing dozens of filthy and sick dogs in her New Hampshire mansion will serve no jail time, but is responsible for the refund of nearly $2 million for their care until they find new homes, a judge ruled Thursday.
Christina Fay was convicted of 17 animal cruelty charges. Prosecutors had initially recommended a long prison sentence, but the Judge Amy Ignatius said last month that her favorite should be as little as a month in the prison.
“In the light of the willingness to participate in meaningful therapy, I am willing to suspend all of the time,” Ignatius said Thursday, asking gasps from the courtroom.
She said Fay can keep only two dogs. A dog that seriously injured a administrator will be completed and new homes are found for the rest of the animals. Some of the dogs died before the trial.
“I lost everything I love,” Fay, 60, said after the hearing. They said was “off the table” by Ignatius’ statement.
The judge said Fay is “dealing with a lot in terms of her life” and that jail time would have been too disruptive to her family, Fay said that she supports financially. Fay’s lawyers said that her son died last month and that she has several other children with psychological problems. Her lawyers said she should not be held liable for the payment of compensation to the Humane Society of the United States.
The authorities seized 84 dogs from Fay’s Wolfeboro home in June. She said that the animals in the filth and suffering of health problems. Fay said that she wanted to go to the primary AMERICAN collector of European great danes and had the acquiring and breeding since 2014.
This was Fay’s second trial. She was convicted of 10 counts of animal cruelty in a lower court and on appeal. It is unclear whether she has plans to appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
“She does indeed feel bad about what happened, but for the dogs than anybody else,” Lawyer Kent said Barker.
Assistant County Attorney Steve Briden said: it is Fay’s duty to pay compensation.
Lindsay Hamrick, the director of the New Hampshire Humane Society, said they were “pleased” with the judge ordered Fay to pay the organization back, but said that she wanted to be a heavier penalty.
“We want there to be a heavier punishment in terms of jail given the seriousness of the violence that was occurring, but for us the dogs are the number one priority,” Hamrick said. “These dogs have been waiting for a long time for this result, and we are ready to assist in the process of getting them for all eternity in the house.”