A woman was found guilty of animal cruelty Tuesday after keeping 84 Great Danes in her basement.
Christina Fay, 60, was found guilty of 10 animal cruelty charges, after keeping 84 Great Danes in the basement of her eight-bedroom, nine-bedroom, $1.45 million mansion, the New York Post reported. Fay pleaded not guilty, saying that she loved the dogs and comparing them to an art collection. She claimed she wanted to be the primary U.S. collector of European Great Danes and started her collection in 2014.
However, Judge Charles Greenhalgh found determined the living conditions of the dogs constituted cruelty.
“Their cages and living areas were covered with an accumulation of feces and urine days or weeks old. The dogs had to walk in and lay down in the waste covering the floor,” he said, according to the New York Post. The dogs were seized in June, and authorities said that they were suffering from health problems.
Fay’s house also allegedly had a “pervasive ammonia odor” at her mansion, added Greenhalgh. Due to the strong smell, veterinarians were forced to take frequent breaks.
Fay will be sentenced within 30 days. The Humane Society of the United States is currently caring for the dogs.
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