What happened to Elaine Greenberg broke my heart. Her legacy should be all the good she did over her lifetime and not that last few weeks where things went horribly off track due to circumstances beyond her control.
I believe removing the dogs from Elaine’s care was the right thing to do. She could no longer care for herself or her dogs and they needed to be in a safe environment. But the story should not have ended with the removal of the dogs.
Several people told Yolo County officials that there was something terribly wrong with Elaine. She was unwilling to seek medical attention because she didn’t believe anything was wrong. She didn’t see that she had lost weight, that she wasn’t eating properly, that her skin was gray, that her driving had become erratic or that she shouldn’t leave a deceased dog in her house.
She thought everything was normal. This is not unusual behavior for people who show signs of confusion.
Because of her diminished capacity, she didn’t understand why the dogs were removed or why people were being so ugly to her. Instead of waiting to hear the entire story, people allowed themselves to be whipped into a frenzy by agenda-driven people who sensationalized this story.
It is my hope that the people who did this and those who judged Elaine without knowing all the facts never find themselves or their loved ones in her circumstances. And if they do, I hope people are more compassionate to them than they were to Elaine. But there for the grace of God go all of us.
Her friends did everything in their power to help her. We all mourn her loss. So do all the people who got dogs from her or who received every imaginable type of dog information and advice over the past 50 years.
I know Elaine is at the Rainbow Bridge surrounded by all the dogs she loved and found exceptional homes for over the years.