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Woodland animal hoarder could face animal cruelty charges


Nearly 40 cats are undergoing medical evaluations after they were rescued from a hoarder's Woodland home Wednesday.

The Yolo County Sheriff's Office Animal Services said the home homeowner has been convicted of animal cruelty in the past. She could face similar charges, including child endangerment if kids were living inside the house too.

STORY: Dozens of cats rescued from repeat animal hoarder's home

Animal services officials said the homeowner is considered an animal hoarder. Psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio said animal hoarding is more common than people think.

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Dozens of cats rescued from repeat animal hoarder's home


WOODLAND - Animal control employees had to wear Tyvex as they rescued dozens of cats from a now-condemned Woodland home. The owner of the home lived in the stench of cat urine while caring for the animals.

"This individual that we're dealing with, we've had prior history with her in different types of animals," Yolo County Sheriff's Office Animal Services Sgt. Mike Nevis said. "And it's always been pretty much the same type of conditions when we come visit."

More than 40 cats were removed from the home on East Street just north of Main Street.

"[Hoarding] is an illness. I mean, a lot of people have it. And it's a sad situation," Nevis said. "Their heart is in the right place. They want to help all the animals but unfortunately, they're hurting the animals."

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Grief, tributes follow death of renowned UC Davis animal behaviorist


DAVIS, Calif. - The suicide of a Davis veterinarian who helped pet owners deal with animal behavior problems while teaching her colleagues low-stress clinical techniques has stunned those who knew and respected her.

The body of Dr. Sophia Yin, 48, was discovered Sunday by a friend at her Davis home, according to the Yolo County coroner. The cause of death was listed as asphyxia by hanging.

"Shocked and saddened," wrote one of Yin's many followers on Facebook. "Sophia - you inspired so many of us and made the lives of millions of people and their pets better."

Yin was a 1993 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and became a prolific author, lecturer and video producer.

Jury: Daniel Marsh sane during murder of Davis couple


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A Yolo County jury on Tuesday found that Daniel Marsh was sane when he murdered a Davis couple.

He faces the possibility of life in prison without parole when he is sentenced. Marsh, 17, is ineligible for the death penalty because of his age.

He had been convicted of lying in wait, torture and two counts of first-degree murder. He was accused of stabbing to death Oliver "Chip" Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia Maupin, 76, in their condominium in April 2013.

Live coverage: Daniel Marsh trial, sanity phase


UPDATE 2:04 p.m.: A Yolo County jury has found that Daniel Marsh was sane during the murders of a Davis couple. Click here to read more.

ORIGINAL POST:

Daniel William Marsh was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of a Davis couple by a Yolo County jury on Friday. Jurors are now deliberating the sanity phase of the trial. If Marsh is found to be sane, he faces the possibility of life in prison without parole when he is sentenced. He is ineligible for the death penalty because of his age.

News10's Nick Monacelli is Tweeting the closing arguments live.