Total Now Estimated at 700 Cats Rescued in Florida

Man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges at the Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary in Florida, where an estimate of 600 cats has grown to 700.

By Kristina Lotz | Posted: March 2, 2012, 5 p.m. EST

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Caboodle Ranch grounds
Cats on the grounds of the Caboodle Ranch. The owner had constructed a mini town for the cats, but his resources were stretched too thin to care for the hundreds of inhabitants.
Caboodle Ranch cat with vet
Vets examined the cats once they were in custody. Several had upper respiratory infections, as well as other illnesses or injuries.
On Feb. 27, nearly 700 cats were seized from Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary in Lee, Fla., approximately 64 miles east of Tallahassee. The ASPCA assisted the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Madison County Animal Control in the seizure, which happened after an undercover investigation that was set into motion from complaints received by PETA. This is the largest number of cats ever seized in an investigation by the ASPCA.

Caboodle Ranch was not a breeding facility. According the ASPCA rep, the farm was created by the Founder and operator, Craig Grant, “as a sanctuary where where people all across the country relinquished their cats to live out their lives.”

As sometimes happens, the best of intentions can go wrong when too many animals are taken in by one person.

Grant was arrested on an issued warrant ordering the Madison County Sheriff’s Office to take him into custody. He was charged with the following: one count of felony animal cruelty; three counts of cruelty to animals; and one count of scheming to defraud.

Over 100 responders from 11 agencies all over the country responded to help treat the animals. The cats, many in need of veterinary attention, are temporarily being housed in Jacksonville, where veterinary, sheltering, and behavior teams are assessing, diagnosing, treating and caring for the cats.

“The ASPCA is pleased to be able to provide expertise and resources to support the efforts of the local authorities in investigating this ‘sanctuary’ that spiraled out of control,” added Tim Rickey, senior director of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. “This is a tragic situation. Caboodle Ranch was clearly overwhelmed with hundreds of cats in dire need of medical treatment, and the sanctuary had no adoption program or any spay/neuter efforts to effectively manage its current population. The ASPCA’s goal is to work quickly to remove these cats from the property and safely transport them to the temporary shelter, where they will be triaged by a veterinary team.”

Currently, all cats are evidence in the investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, so they are not available for foster/adoption at this time. People who want to help can click here to donate.
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Pavla    Saint Augustine, FL

10/25/2012 6:16:57 PM

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Tabby    Houston, TX

5/15/2012 10:47:27 AM

Regardless of PETA's involvement, in my experience the ASPCA does not get take action merely on rumor or possibly false claims. All animal hoarders claim to love the animals in their care so one has to keep that in mind. A lifetime sanctuary for hundreds of animals is an enormous undertaking and it is easy for it to get out of hand. I think that's what happened here. Good intentions gone wrong, evidenced by the great number of cats with health problems and the lack of an adoption program. It's always sad to see but, unfortunately, all too common.

Irish    H2o-town, NY

3/16/2012 7:35:30 PM

I am involved with the vindication of Craig and Nanette and all I will say is that they were unjustly crucified and all sick catswere being tended to by Craigs own vet,the cat ye have here in the photo is Craigs oldest and dearest cat,he was just starting to get his appetite back and was on meds andI fear now he may have been murdered,in I have more info on the cats than wot ye are saying here,Peta and the ASPCA are horrible organizations that have hung Craig out to dry but know this,he will win and he will get wot cats they havent murdered back.

Carol    Ann Arbor, MI

3/16/2012 12:33:09 PM

Many thanks to those who are standing up for Mr. Grant. PETA has no credibility whatsoever and ASPCA isn't much better when they smell a front page and lots of donations. Mr. Grant did provide medical care for his cats and loved them very much. He should not be blamed for sick cats when people just abandoned their sick animals with him. His policy on accepting relinquished cats was that they be spayed/neutered. This is not the first time these so-called animal groups have used lies and edited tapes to attack a cat sanctuary.

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