Oakland Attorney Who Hoarded Cats Receives Probation, Ban on Keeping Pets

Law does not look fondly on Jan Van Dusen's doings.

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    Oakland lawyer who hoarded cats receives probation and a ban on keeping pets.

    The "Oakland cat lady" has been barred from having any more cats.

    Jan Van Dusen, the Oakland attorney convicted of keeping more than 100 cats in poor health in her Oakland home, was sentenced to five years probation and barred from having pets for the next ten years, according to the Oakland Tribune.

    Prosecutors said the lawyer and animal rescue activist, who was lauded by many in the pet community for her love of cats, is in "denial" about what she did, the newspaper reported.

    Animal services raided her West Oakland home in 2011 and found 93 live cats, 11 dead ones and two dogs, the newspaper reported. Of the live cats, 18 had to be euthanized, the newspaper reported.

    She's been sentenced to 200 hours of community service as well as her pet ban.