Great Danes in the News

I decided I really wanted to start sharing any news stories I come across in regards to the welfare of Great Danes. Since I don’t watch the news lol, I am relying on the help of my facebook friend Meredith, who is a real advocate for animals and is aware of news stories. So thank you Meredith, without you these posts wouldn’t be possible. I hope by sharing these stories, new and old, we can spread awareness of what is happening to and with our beloved breed.


April 9, 2008

Dead dog walking

Animal shelter employees work to save life of emaciated Great Dane


Police: Long Island Woman Starved Pet Great Dane


A Long Island woman faces up to a year in jail after police say she failed to provide food and medical care for her two-year-old Great Dane who ultimately died.



Animal cruelty arrest

The Nassau DA’s office says a Farmingdale woman faces animal cruelty charges after she starved and neglected her 2-year-old great Dane, which later died…….

Video and More HERE

Great Dane starved to 82 pounds
Farmingdale , NY (US)

Incident Date: Monday, Nov 22, 2010
County: Nassau

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 3 files available

Alleged: Rose Neira

An emaciated dog of one of the largest breeds died despite desperate efforts by veterinarians on Long Island to save it.

‘Zack,’ a two-year-old Great Dane, weighed only 82 lbs. when he was taken from the home of owner Rose Neira, 30.

The Farmingale resident is accused of starving the dog and failing to provide proper medical care.

According to the American Kennel Club , a Great Dane is “extremely large and known for being strong yet elegant, with a friendly, energetic personality.” A normal, healthy Great Dane typically weighs 125 lbs.-150 lbs.

‘Zack’s’ bones protruded from its body and its nails were damaged and overgrown. Its ear cavities were caked with dirt, said the Nassau County officials.

Acting on a tip, investigators from the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office removed the dog from the home on November 22.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Neira initially told investigators the dog was suffering from a parasite, but she could not provide evidence of the dog in a veterinarian’s care.

‘Zack’ was treated for 10 days at the Oyster Bay Animal Hospital were it died on December 1 from heart-related problems.

Neira is charged with misdemeanor counts of Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring an Animal and Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance.

She faces up to one year in jail if convicted. Neira is due back in court on January 3.


Read more: Pet-Abuse.Com – Animal Abuse Case Details: Great Dane starved to 82 pounds – Farmingdale , NY (US)


Starving Great Danes and Owner Gets Only 90 Days in Jail

Read the blog post HERE

Court Delays in Great Dane Starvation Case

Hempstead, NY – Meredith Foster, an animal rights activist, was outraged when she first learned about the case against Rose Neira, 30, a woman accused of severely neglecting her 2 yr-old Great Dane, Zack.The dog was confiscated from Neira’s home….

Read More HERE


After that heart wrenching news…it gives me pleasure to share this latest news about the heroic acts of a Great Dane and his owner 🙂

Great Dane stops sex attack, corners suspect


7 thoughts on “Great Danes in the News

  1. I just got a merle great dane yesturday. His previous owner has starved him so badly you can see All of his bones. I have never had a dane before only small dogs but when I seen how bad he was I had to take him. Could anyone give me any advice on how to care for him.

    • Adellia…congratulations on your new dane. I’m so sorry for what he’s been through but thank God he is now in a new home with people who will love and care for him. I suggest that you check out the Danes online forum. There are literally thousands upon thousands of posts there on every topic imaginable to do with the breed, and many highly experienced owners, breeders, rescuers and so on who can answer your questions. If you have facebook there are some great groups too. is one…a lot of education available there.
      I wish you the best of luck with your new boy…and hope to see you on facebook sometime 🙂 You can find Luke and I here:

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