An elderly woman investigated for animal cruelty was found dead inside her home in Yolo County, near Davis, Friday afternoon.
The body of Elaine Greenberg, 74, was found inside a home in the 26000 block of County Road 96, north of Russell Boulevard, around 1 p.m., Yolo County Sheriff's Capt. Larry Cecchettini said.
Greenberg and her friend were supposed to have dinner together Thursday. However, when the friend came to Greenberg's home, no one answered the door. Cecchettini said the friend called the sheriff's department Friday after Greenberg did not answer numerous phone calls.
When deputies arrived at Greenberg's home, they saw a woman down. Paramedics were called to the scene and they entered the home.
Cecchettini said Greenberg was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe she was dead for at least three days before being discovered.
Yolo County Coroner's Office identified the body as Greenberg's on Saturday afternoon. Cecchettini said next of kin has been notified.
Even though an autopsy has been completed, the cause of death has not been determined. Further tests are still pending, Cecchettini said.
Greenberg had just been removed as president of Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue by its board after 11 malnourished dogs and three dogs were found under her care last month.
"The dogs were in a lot of distress," said Renee Lancaster with Rotts of Friends, another animal rescue that took in the surviving dogs. Most of the dogs are recovering with the exception of one that had to be euthanized. "It was just too dehydrated and starved," said Lancaster. She was shocked to hear of Greenberg's sudden death but still wants the group to be held accountable. "[Greenberg] was caring for the animals, responsible but when there are board members in an organization, I think there should be better ways so this could be prevented," said Lancaster.
On its website, Second Chance posted a statement, partly saying, "…the Board remains committed to the welfare of the dogs and has worked closely with authorities to that end. Ms. Greenberg's relentless dedication to saving Rottweilers for over 50 years makes the recent events even more heartbreaking."
No charges of animal cruelty had yet been filed against Greenberg. One board volunteer said she had appeared to have suffered some sort of medical issue when last seen alive.