The Great Rescue- Great Danes Rescued from a Wolfeboro Mansion

Written on August 11, 2017 by Sommer Aweidah

In May 2017, the Wolfeboro Police Department began an investigation into allegations of animal neglect at a suspected puppy mill operating from a mansion in Wolfeboro, NH.Photo 10 Within weeks, police had teamed up with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to rescue 70+ Great Danes from squalid conditions. Rescuers reported the dogs had swollen eyelids and that the smell of ammonia, feces and raw chicken was overwhelming.

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.”

News of the deplorable conditions in which these dogs were kept has rocked the community and made national headlines. This story hit us very close to home, and the team at Ethos Veterinary Health, and in particular Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital in Portsmouth, NH joined the rescue effort by providing medical services for the rescued dogs.

“Our thanks go to the HSUS and the Wolfeboro Police Department for their decisive, life-saving actions.” Said Kristi Cablay, Hospital Director of Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital, a member of the Ethos Veterinary Health Network. The HSUS reached out to Port City for assistance in treating the dogs with ophthalmologic trauma after they were seized. Ophthalmologists Drs. Nick Cassotis and Alison Clode were honored to be able to provide the care these dogs desperately needed.

On June 27th, Dr. Clode examined the dogs and developed a treatment plan for the ones who were in need of surgical intervention.

As our team moves forward with treatment, we are hopeful that the dogs will thrive in the care of The HSUS and their rescue partners.


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Drs. Nick Cassotis and Alison Clode preparing for surgery on one of the Great Danes.


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“We were honored to be in the position to donate funds and specialty medical care…” -Kristi Cablay, Hospital Director at Port City


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We are hopeful that the dogs will thrive in the care of The HSUS and their rescue partners


Visit Port City’s Facebook page to view the full photo series.


Photos by Megan Cahill Burt AAS, BS (Port City)

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