Pennsylvania SPCA Rescues 600-Plus Cats

The cats were removed from a property known as “Tiger Ranch Cat Sanctuary” in Tarentum, Pa.

Posted: March 18 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Pennsylvania SPCA Rescues 600-Plus Cats
Animal control officers seized cats from several buildings, including a single family home.
Last week, the Pennsylvania SPCA, with assistance from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), removed several hundred cats from the Tiger Ranch Cat Sanctuary, a property in Tarentum, Pa., about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. More than 600 cats were seized, according to a press release posted on the PSPCA's website. The cats were living in multiple buildings, including a single family home. The owner, Linda Bruno, 45, also known as Lin Marie, was arrested and charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty and neglect, according to the PSPCA.

“This is by far the worst case we’ve ever encountered,” said Howard Nelson, CEO of the PSPCA. “Our primary concern is to get these poor animals the care and treatment they so desperately need.”

Animal welfare officers found about 175 cats running loose on the property, with others inside fenced areas and more inside the buildings. Several dogs also were seized, as well as chickens, horses and a goat.

To give veterinary care to the seized animals, the ASPCA is providing three fully equipped mobile veterinary clinics, including the organization’s mobile animal crime scene investigation unit. The CSI unit features state-of-the-art forensics tools and medical equipment tailored for animal patients. Three ASPCA veterinarians who specialize in forensics and 10 additional ASPCA employees will assist PSPCA staff in providing care for the cats and other animals.

“I’m extremely proud we have been able to assist the PSPCA in this extraordinary undertaking,” said Ed Sayres, ASPCA president and CEO.

The cats taken from the property range in age from 3 months to 7 years. Dr. Melinda Merck, a forensic veterinarian, said the cats show signs of many ailments, including upper respiratory conditions, skin wounds, abscesses, dehydration, malnutrition, dental problems, and eye and bladder infections.

Despite their condition, however, Merck said the cats seem friendly and well-socialized. “Many of them came running up to us when we arrived,” she said.

The cats will stay at the Clarion County Humane Society in Shippenville, Pa., where they will be treated by veterinarians. The cats may be available for adoption sometime in the near future.

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Helen    LA, CA

6/12/2010 6:04:56 AM

I believe these people start out with good intentions. The situation becomes dire because of lack of resources and the need is so great. I dont think that MOST of these people start out to abuse these animals. I too do rescues.. People know it, the more you help, the more people ask of you. The word spreads, more people call all the time asking you to take animals for every reason in the world.. I too could be in this situation.. People dont understand how financially over loaded an individual can become trying to take care of animals like this with very little resources.. Maybe when people see this, they could help instead of criticize.. After all, if 600 people would help in the first place instead of leaving it up to the few, they wouldnt get into these type situations..

cat    corydon, IN

4/5/2008 10:32:41 AM

That is sad

Gretchen    Moorpark, CA

4/4/2008 5:15:32 PM

I think it's high time, these cruel places for both cats & dogs, were shut down for good, and a staff from every area where these places exist, that the government take charge & form a large group to oversee their operations, that no dog or cat is left in bird cages, or overbred, for profit,
or left unwashed or without medical treatment, I think it's high time, we hit these people where it
hurts in their pocketbooks!!! Hope someone agree's
with me and can really do something about this situation across our country!!!

debby    oxford, NC

4/4/2008 8:54:11 AM

how does this go on for so long before someone turns them in..those poor animals put thru all that. hope they throw the book at her

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