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Physician Accused Of Hoarding Useless Kittens In Her Freezer – CBS San Francisco

VACAVILLE, California (CBS Sacramento) – Dr. Rebecca Darsey, a doctor in Vacaville, California, has come under fire from the Medical Association for allegedly hoarding dead cats in her freezer. Doctor Kaiser Permanente is also accused of endangering children after her son was removed from what investigators described as “dirty” and “unsafe” conditions.

Does she still see patients? The short answer is no. Kaiser says Darsey has stopped seeing patients, but we still don’t know how long it has been.

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An eight-page complaint describes an investigation that began in 2018. Dr. Darsey, a family doctor in Yolo County, allegedly engaged in disruptive behavior.

State medical committee documents show that Darsey, whose biography can be viewed on Kaiser’s website, has faced 31 animal cruelty and one child endangerment case. Six dead kittens were found in her freezer, and officials found 24 cats (six deceased), five dogs, and eight exotic birds on the property. The Yolo District Prosecutor’s Office declined to file criminal charges in the case.

Sheriff’s office detectives also detailed the conditions in the doctor’s house in 2019, saying there were “bird cages full of excrement, dog houses with feces in them, and three big cats roaming around on the workbenches in the kitchen.”

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Darsey’s 10-year-old son was removed from the house after authorities said he “could not sleep in his own room because it was used to housing animals”.

A psychiatrist appointed by the medical association found that the long-time doctor “suffered from an adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety disorder and depressive mood”. And that the: “Respondent had prescribed Prednisone, Effexor and Maxalt themselves and had no family doctor to monitor their health.”

The psychiatrist recommended constant monitoring, saying, “The doctor’s continued practice does not present a threat to public health at this time, but there is a risk that it could do so in the future.”

A file search reveals that Dr. Darsey’s license to practice medicine is still valid, and when we asked Kaiser if she was still visiting patients, they said in a statement:

“DR. Darsey is currently not seeing any patients or providing any services to Kaiser Permanente members. Out of respect for privacy and as this is a personnel matter, we cannot provide any further information.”

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We reached out to the State Medical Board for comment on tonight’s story – but we never heard a thing. Records show that Dr. Darsey will expire in late 2021.

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