Former dog rescue president found dead at Davis-area home

The former president of a recently shut-down Rottweiler shelter outside Davis was found dead in her home Friday afternoon, according to authorities.

Elaine Greenberg, 74, was supposed to have dinner with a friend Thursday night, but she neither answered the door nor answered numerous phone calls, said Capt. Larry Cecchettini, spokesman for the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a report, when deputies responded to the friend’s call Friday, they pronounced Greenberg, who was later identified by Yolo County Coroner’s Office, dead inside her home in the 26000 block of County Road 96.

The cause of her death is being investigated.

Her death comes two weeks after Greenberg, who used to manage the Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue, had her dogs seized from her home, which also doubled as the rescue, by the Sheriff’s Office on July 30. A volunteer tipped off department and Yolo County Animal Control officials to the unhealthy conditions of the dogs and the facility’s poor maintenance.

The dogs were subsequently put into another Rottweiler rescue, 29 Palms Pet Resort in Davis.

The volunteer who reported the dogs’ conditions to authorities said that when he visited Greenberg on July 23 she “appeared to have suffered some sort of medical issue, possibly a stroke or some sort of mental confusion,” according to a statement on Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue’s website.

Call The Bee’s Vanessa Ochavillo at (916) 326-5510. Bee reporter Quinn Western contributed to this report.

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