This is a short, hopefully, digestible update on the Caboodle Ranch modern day saga. Whether you are for or against Caboodle Ranch, and there are lots of people on both sides, you have to hand it to its founder, Craig Grant, that he is a fighter. One day they’ll make a TV series about it. PoC has got lot of articles out of it. I am not sure that is a good thing.
However, I can’t ignore the recent post from Craig on his website (Fri, 04 Jan 2013) in which he writes about “the wrong doings of the ASPCA“. ASPCA were involved in the rehoming of the cats from Caboodle Ranch when it was closed under court order. There was a lot of anguish about that, in part, because some people who had given up their cats to Caboodle wanted them back having discovered the problems at the cat rescue charity. There appears to have been chaotic scenes when the cats were collected for rehoming.
Craig writes that:
- ASPCA may have illegally taken the cats and rehomed them. He refers to this as trespass and conversion. The word “conversion” in this instance refers to the rehoming of the cats. Conversion is normally used to mean the conversion of a product into cash that took place unlawfully.
- The prosecution against Caboodle Ranch will not prove animal cruelty. Craig wants to restore his reputation and the reputation of his cat rescue charity. Reading between the lines, it seems that the prosecution in the criminal trial against Caboodle is going to end with a deal being offered by the prosecutor. Has this already happened? If I have that wrong please tell me. The initial injunction referred to a lack of proper care at the charity but that is obviously different to animal cruelty, in which a high standard of proof is required.
I have not followed this saga for a while but bearing in mind the updated post by Craig it seems he is optimistic about Caboodle. Is he going to try and restart it? Craig does have a checkered career (in layperson’s language, some would say, he’s a bit dodgy). The Caboodle shop is still open for business.
There is another interesting note on the site. It says that ASPCA sought to recover from Caboodle Ranch the money they spent in rehoming the cats, which amounted to about $1 million. This is seems an extraordinary sum of money. The application was apparently turned down by the judge because it was donated money that they spent and therefore could not be reimbursed. As much as I admire ASPCA they do seem to have become embroiled in some dubious behavior.
Also ASPCA wanted to recover its legal costs of the litigation and failed in this regard too on a technicality – they were not officially agents of the county. It has not been good a time for ASPCA. However, as I understand it they did a nice job in rehoming the cats.