Judge says New Hampshire Great Danes can be placed for adoption The verdict is in for the future of the Great Danes who have spent a year in legal limbo since their dramatic rescue from a New Hampshire breeder’s mansion last June. A judge yesterday ruled that the dogs can now be placed for adoption, and that the breeder who kept them in filthy conditions should pay restitution for the costs of caring for them for the past year. This is a remarkable victory for the dogs who have been living at a temporary shelter we have built and maintained since they were rescued a year ago. Our priority has always been to ensure the dogs have the opportunity to be placed into experienced and loving homes and we are thrilled that they will now get that chance. The judge awarded full restitution to the town of Wolfeboro and to the Humane Society of the United States, which has spent nearly $2 million to date in caring for the dogs, at an emergency animal shelter we constructed especially for them. This has been an expensive undertaking with costs incurred to maintain an exceptional standard of care through a long term holding situation where every dog was provided with an individual plan, attention and expert veterinary treatment. Due to the dogs’ size and conditions associated with their breeding, it has been a herculean task to provide appropriate diets, medical care, and exercise and enrichment appropriate for their ongoing mental and physical well-being. This long-running saga began to unfold almost exactly a year ago, when we assisted in the extraordinary rescue of the Great Danes, some sick, living in filthy conditions inside a mansion in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. When members of our Animal Rescue Team and volunteers from the Pope Memorial SPCA and Conway Area Humane Society entered the opulent mansion alongside officials of Wolfeboro Police Department, which had requested our assistance, they encountered an overpowering smell in the house, and feces and debris were smeared across all the walls to the point where the windows were opaque. A number of dogs in the home appeared to have spent countless hours in cages with no access to water. Many of the dogs were ill and in distress when we found them, and suffered from an array of health problems, including severe eye issues and symptoms associated with communicable illnesses. In May, a Judge Ignatius sentenced the breeder, Christina Fay, to jail time, and admonished her for not showing any “signs of remorse” for what she did to the animals in her care. The Judge was unequivocal at the May hearing, saying, “We take these crimes seriously and [cruelty] is not to be tolerated.” At yesterday’s ruling, Judge Ignatius agreed to suspend time served as long as the defendant attends counseling with a therapist who will report to the court. The defendant was also found guilty on 10 counts of misdemeanor cruelty at a previous trial in December. At the time she was ordered to pay $800,000 (for the costs of care for the dogs up to that date), but appealed to a superior court for a jury trial: the one that produced a conviction on the 17 counts of cruelty. Thanks to all of our followers and donors whose generosity has helped us meet the immense costs of caring for the dogs. When Judge Ignatius issued her order from the bench she expressed her concerns for the dogs’ best interests saying, “My hope is that it happens very quickly. I wish it had happened months ago.” A sentiment that we could not agree with more. Many of you have expressed interest in adopting these dogs, and we will keep you updated as we begin to work with our Emergency Placement Partners to place the dogs in their forever homes. A huge kudos to our teams at the Humane Society of the United States that helped in the rescue of these animals, led the legal effort to bring the breeder to justice, and have worked to care for these animals for the past year. We believe all of this cruelty could have been alleviated much sooner if New Hampshire had stronger regulations for commercial dog breeders, and we remain committed to strengthening the laws to ensure taxpayers and non-profits are not carrying the financial burden to care for animals seized in animal cruelty cases. Even as we celebrate this victory for the Great Danes today, let’s keep our eye focused on finding solutions for the future. New Hampshire lawmakers and Gov. Chris Sununu are committed to strengthening cost of care laws and reforming commercial breeder regulations in the state, and we will work with them to push for a bill in the next legislative season that addresses these issues so animals never again have to suffer in substandard commercial breeder operations or puppy mills.
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5 from 3 votes

20-minute Best Vegetable Curry

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: gluten-free, nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Vaishali · Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz button or crimini mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 large bell pepper (thinly sliced into 1/2-inch long pieces)
  • 1 large or 2 small jalapeno peppers (deseeded, if you want less heat, and thinly sliced)
  • 1-inch piece ginger (thinly sliced)
  • 1 medium shallot (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 15-20 curry leaves (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1-2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp paprika (optional, but adds a deeper color)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (canned, not from the carton)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved (or regular tomatoes are fine)
  • 4 spring onions (chopped)

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the mustard seeds, let them sputter and crackle, then add the shallots, ginger, jalapeno, and curry leaves, if using. Season with salt and pepper and saute for a couple of minutes until the shallots begin to soften.
  • Add the bell peppers and mushrooms and saute another 3-4 minutes until the vegetables appear to have softened. Add the turmeric, garam masala, and paprika if using. Stir to mix, then add half the coconut milk and bring everything to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for a couple more minutes or until the vegetables are done to your liking.
  • Add the remaining coconut milk, salt if needed, and warm through without bringing to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice, cherry tomatoes and spring onions.
  • Serve hot or warm with rice.