People v. Youngblood

91 Cal. App. 4th 66, 109 Cal. Rptr. 2d 776 (2001)

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People v. Youngblood

California Court of Appeal
91 Cal. App. 4th 66, 109 Cal. Rptr. 2d 776 (2001)

Facts

In October 1998, Suzanna Savedra Youngblood (defendant) lived in Sacramento County with approximately 40 cats. Youngblood was informed by an officer from Sacramento Animal Control that the county prohibited residents from keeping more than four cats. In response, Youngblood loaded her cats into a small trailer and moved the trailer onto property in Placer County. Following the move, Youngblood began accumulating stray cats in Placer County. By December, Youngblood had 92 cats within her trailer. After receiving a citizen’s complaint regarding the number of cats Youngblood had within the trailer, an officer from Placer County Animal Control obtained a search warrant to investigate. The officer observed that the cats were malnourished, ill, injured, and covered in urine and feces. The State of California (plaintiff) prosecuted Youngblood for several counts of animal cruelty. Youngblood asserted the defense of necessity on the ground that she was attempting to save the cats from being euthanized at an animal shelter. Youngblood requested the trial court instruct the jury on the necessity defense. The trial court denied the request. Youngblood was convicted and appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Nicholson, J.)

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