When several dead and neglected dogs were discovered weeks ago on the Davis, Calif., property of a Rottweiler rescue agency, the president of the organization came under harsh criticism. On Friday, the woman in the midst of the turmoil, 74-year-old Elaine Greenberg, was found dead in her home.
Shortly after Greenberg's unexpected demise, her former rescue organization, Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue, issued a statement about the woman's death and the recent deterioration of her health:
It is with the greatest sorrow that we report the passing of Elaine Greenberg. Her body was discovered in her home the afternoon of August 15th . During the previous week, multiple requests to public agencies and authorities to check on her welfare proved to be frustrating experiences, sometimes going unanswered and at least once meeting with resistance.
To all those have supported the Second Chance Rescue and Elaine over the years, please know that as individuals we did everything within our power to get Elaine the help she needed. Our experience left us with the feeling that the public safety net has large holes.
We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the public vilification of Elaine and the Rescue by a handful of vocal people before any facts emerged. Elaine’s fifty years of successful and hard-working dedication to helping unwanted and abused dogs were ignored, and Elaine’s serious health issues were discounted. Many rescue organizations depend heavily on older adults, who have the time and interest to work in animal rescue. With our society facing a quickly growing aged population, with its attendant health issues, we wonder if the response to this entire tragedy foreshadows what to expect in the future.
We encourage all who love Rottweilers to continue supporting their favorite rescue and adopt these awesome dogs, should they have the ability to do so.
Rottweilers and Rottweiler lovers from all over California will dearly miss Elaine. During her 50 years of dedicated rescue she saved countless Rotties throughout California and also enriched the lives of their owners.
We will miss her greatly,
Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue
Article about Greenberg's death here.
Article about the rescue of multiple dogs from the rescue agency in early August here.
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