The Conway Area Humane Society, in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States, presented Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) with the Humane Legislator of the Year Award for his leadership and commitment to strengthening regulations for commercial dog breeders, enhancing penalties for egregious animal cruelty and his efforts to take some of the financial burden to care for animals rescued from cruelty off the taxpayer and non-profit community and onto the defendant charged with cruelty.

In June of 2017, the Conway Area Humane Society, Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County and the Humane Society of the United States assisted the Wolfeboro Police Department in the rescue of 84 Great Danes at an unlicensed breeding facility. After almost 15 months, over 60 of the dogs are now in loving homes. The Wolfeboro case is one of five such cases involving unlicensed breeders in the Granite State in the past two years including the recent rescue of over 50 Labrador Retrievers in Marlborough and dozens of German Shepherds from Alexandria. Collectively, these five cases have cost the non-profit community and taxpayers almost $3.5 million.

These are the pending cruelty cases involving unlicensed breeders:
• 36 German Shepherds still under the care of the New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham after nine months. Cost to care for the dogs is now over $200,000 for that organization.
• 52 Labrador Retrievers under the care of the Monadnock Humane Society in Swanzey. Cost is now over $50,000 for their care.