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A Wolfeboro woman accused of animal cruelty says she treated her 75 European Great Danes like they were her own children, and deserves to have them returned to her.

Courtesy of Meredith Lee/Humane Society of the U.S.

A Wolfeboro woman is facing 12 additional charges of animal cruelty following the removal of dozens of Great Dane dogs from her mansion in Wolfeboro.

In a story that grabbed national headlines in June, police raided a 13,000-square-foot mansion owned by Christina Fay. Inside, they found 75 European Great Dane dogs, many of which were alleged to be in poor physical condition.

Meredith Lee | The HSUS

New Hampshire's governor wants to strengthen the state's animal cruelty laws after more than 80 neglected Great Danes were removed from a mansion.

The New Hampshire Humane Society is denying allegations brought up in lawsuit filed by its former executive director, who said she was fired for reporting concerns such as allegations of animal mistreatment.

The Citizen reports its board of directors says it believes all allegations by Mary Di Maria will be found baseless and without merit. The board voted to fire Di Maria on Dec. 11, 2013.

The former executive director of the New Hampshire Humane Society has filed a lawsuit against former and current board members, saying she was fired for reporting concerns such as allegations of animal mistreatment.

Mary Di Maria of Moultonborough says she was fired after reporting animals were being euthanized without the needed approval, surgery was being performed on animals that were not fully anesthetized and that a failure to perform timely exams on cats resulted in a number of them requiring respiratory infections.