Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woman Gets 60 Days; Police Found 9 Dead Cats in Home; She Is Also Forbidden from Owning Other Pets, Court Records Show

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woman Gets 60 Days; Police Found 9 Dead Cats in Home; She Is Also Forbidden from Owning Other Pets, Court Records Show

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A 55-year-old woman was sentenced to 60 days in jail and forbidden from owning other pets after Jacksonville police found nine dead cats in her home, according to court records.

Cathy Jean Wood told police she had shut the door to a spare bedroom at her house in the 4300 block of Marquette Avenue two weeks before officers arrived asking about the dead animals. She said she hadn't fed or checked on the animals during that time, according to her arrest report.

Police found nine dead cats in the spare bedroom and noted "the residence did not have any wholesome exchange of air," that it was "very hard" to breathe and that feces littered the home.

There were several other dogs and cats in the home at the time of her arrest in June.

She pleaded guilty to one count and was sentenced Thursday. Eight other counts were dropped in the plea agreement.

Derek Gilliam

18-Month-Old, Sitter In Collision With Officer

A baby-sitter and an 18-month-old child were taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons following a collision with a Jacksonville police officer about 7:45 a.m. Monday.

Officer Christina Donaldson was southbound on Jones Road on the Westside when the car with the baby sitter and child turned left in front of the police car to go on Rewis Road, according to Officer Kenneth Snyder.

Donaldson was on routine patrol and did not have sirens or lights on, Snyder said.

Both vehicles landed in the ditch. The child was properly restrained in a car seat. Donaldson was not injured.

The driver who pulled in front of the patrol car was at fault, Snyder said.

Dana Treen

POLICE OFFICER, 26, FOUND DEAD IN HOME

A 26-year-old Jacksonville police officer was found dead Sunday in his home, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Matthew Van Heiningen joined the Sheriff's Office in April 2013.

There appear to be no signs of foul play and the case has been turned over to the medical examiner, the Sheriff's Office said.

Derek Gilliam

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