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Oakland Lawyer Could Be Imprisoned for Hoarding Cats



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    For keeping a house of cats, Jan Van Dusen may spend three years in state prison.

    The Oakland lawyer, 62, who became known for rescuing feral and abandoned cats, was herself convicted of felony animal cruelty on Thursday, according to reports.

    Van Dusen was charged with crimes after 93 cats were discovered at her home in West Oakland, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

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    The home was raided by animal control officers, who were tipped off to their poor situation.

    Sixteen of the cats were so sick and malnourished that they had to be put down. The rest were put up for adoption.

    She'll be sentenced on July 25.

    Her attorney told reporters that she deserves probation, not prison.