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Calif. Couple Accused of Hoarding 180 Yorkies Pleads Guilty

A Poway couple, found with almost 200 Yorkie dogs inside their homes and a restaurant were sentenced Tuesday. Christine Calvert, 62, and Mark Vattimo, 73, were placed on three years of felony formal probation for animal neglect. As part of the sentence, they were ordered not to have dogs for 10 years, said prosecutors. Calvert was also ordered to continue counseling. In January, the Humane Society received a report from a concerned veterinarian that suggested the Poway couple was keeping 180 dogs in deplorable conditions. The dogs were kept in dark, unsanitary rooms filled with feces, urine, and mice at the defendants’ homes. The couple was charged with 10 felony counts, including animal abuse and neglect, and one count of resisting an officer. Calvert and Vattimo previously pleaded ...

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