At Caboodle Ranch in Florida the ASPCA says they removed many of the nearly 700 cats they found there in various states of poor health. It was reported the owner was arrested and charged with one count of felony animal cruelty and several other animal cruelty counts, with one count of scheming to defraud.
“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,” said Tim Rickey, senior director of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. ” (Source: Market Watch)
Most of the cats have been relocated to animal shelters at Jacksonville. The Caboodle Ranch blog says they were shocked by the police raid and did nothing wrong. They also say authorities reassured them they had done nothing wrong.
An opinion piece on Petside says it was a case of animal hoarding, though it isn’t clear exactly if the author had inside information. “In a way animal hoarders are guilty of being overly optimistic. They are blind to the worsening conditions in front of them because they perpetually look ahead. They only see the potential good that they are doing. In reality, they are putting themselves and the animals they continue to take in (as well as the animals they already have) in danger.” (Source: Petside.com)
The ranch’s owner denied the allegations and said video footage, which came from PETA, was not accurately representing the situation. (Source: News4Jax.com) Below is video footage uploaded by ASPCA.