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Good Mews Assists Florida Cat Rescue

The East Cobb shelter will be taking in several cats removed from the scene of a major animal cruelty investigation.

East Cobb's was among the agencies assisting the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) in the removal and sheltering of approximately 600 cats living in deplorable conditions at a non-profit cat sanctuary known as Caboodle Ranch in Lee, Fla.

The cats were kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Numerous cats were found with untreated medical issues. Many cats were in critical condition. Responders discovered deceased cats on the property.

"Five of us are staying for a week,"  shelter manager Robbin Yeager told Patch. "Don’t know the amount of cats yet we are going to be able to take until they are released for adoption purposes."

“Removing hundreds of animals is a huge undertaking, and we are truly grateful that these agencies offered their assistance in the case,” said Kathryn Destreza, director of Investigations for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “Numerous agencies throughout Florida and as far as California have committed to helping us continue our life-saving work and giving these rescued animals a second chance.”

Complaints received by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) set the undercover investigation in motion. PETA gave the evidence to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Madison County Animal Control contacted the ASPCA for assistance in the criminal investigation, evidence collection, rescue and sheltering efforts of the case.

Craig Grant, the founder of Caboodle Ranch, has been arrested and charged with one count of felony animal cruelty, three counts of cruelty to animals and one count of scheming to defraud, according to the ASPCA. 

catsunn March 03, 2012 at 01:02 AM
The refrigerator video was bogus…that trailor was not used and had no electricity anymore…and was locked. The peta person who took the video was also in charge of treating the cat in the video…by continuing eye wash and drops. ~~~~~~~~~ Hello all: PeTA put an undercover agent at my cat ranch, Caboodle, and filmed a bogus video showing animal abuse. The Ranch was closed and Craig, the owner, with a gun to his head by the police, was arrested for animal abuse. It is so far from the truth, but PeTA loves drama. Since I have been there and seen it, I know this is a travesty. I'd appreciate any of you signing this petition asking that Craig be released from jail (I think he made bail), and that the animals be returned to Caboodle. Here is the link http://www.change.org/petitions/free-craig-grant-and-open-caboodle-ranch-free-craig-grant-and-open-caboodle-ranch?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=autopublish#
Benji999 March 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Catsunn, I've never been to Caboodle Ranch, but watching just 20 seconds of that video made me sick to my stomach. How could it have been faked? Clearly the cats were ill, hungry and suffering. There's no way 700 cats could have been adequately cared for with his limited resources. Even if he meant well, the situation got out of hand and ASPCA is doing the right thing to intervene. I won't sign your petition. The owner needs to re-evaluate his mission and those animals should NOT be returned to him.
Robert Burns March 05, 2012 at 11:07 AM
The news coming from early responders is heartbreaking. Please make no mistake in thinking this was anything but animal abuse. I suspect some of these cats will be euthanized because of their condition - an unfortunate result from the lack of proper care by Craig. PETA didn't create Caboodle Ranch, they only reported it. The ASPCA didn't cause this suffering, but they are the group that now has the task of trying to clean up this mess If you are reading this post and truly wish to make a difference, start by donating time and money to your local shelter where ever it may be.

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