On June 16, a rescue team, comprised of officers with the Wolfeboro Police Department, members of The Humane Society of the United States and the Conway Area Humane Society, worked to remove dozens of Great Danes from a mansion in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
According to a press release from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), a total of 84 Great Danes, believed to be part of a puppy mill operation, were being kept in “abhorrent conditions” inside of the residence.
Chief Dean Rondeau of the Wolfeboro Police Department said:
“I’ve never seen conditions this bad in more than 21 years of law enforcement. Words cannot describe the absolute abhorrent conditions these animals were living in. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to The Humane Society of the United States, Conway Area Humane Society and Pope Memorial SPCA, whose expert opinion and counsel was well-received, as well as the other local organizations who assisted at the scene.”
The local authorities were alerted to the dismal conditions after receiving multiple complaints about barking – in early May, an investigation was instigated. HSUS detailed what the responders discovered inside of the mansion:
They found 84 Great Danes living in squalid conditions with limited access to food or water. The dogs were sliding on their own feces while walking, and several had eyelids so swollen their eyes were red. The smell of ammonia, feces and raw chicken overwhelmed rescuers.
Dogs rescued from the canine house of horrors were transported to a temporary emergency shelter at an undisclosed location; nine dogs were taken under the wing of the Conway Area Humane Society (CAHS).
Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire state director for The HSUS who was on the scene, said:
“It’s astonishing that such cruelty can occur and I’m so relieved that these animals are now safe and in the hands of people who will provide proper care for them. We anticipate caring for them for several months.”
Donations can be made to CAHS by mail, online or phone. Visit www.conwayshelter.org and go to “Donate”, mail a contribution to: CAHS, PO Box 260, Conway, NH 03818, or call our development office at (603) 447-5605.
Animal Rescue Team donations for the HSUS can be made here.
(Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS, video via HSUS and image via Conway Area Humane Society)