Cats Seized At Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary

Cats Seized At Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary

by Elisa Black-Taylor
(USA)

Good morning readers. I’ve been sitting on the case I’m about to tell you of since September 2010. I decided not to inform the readers at pictures-of-cats.org about Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary in the Myrtle Beach area of S.C. until an investigation was completed on the sanctuary.

On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, over 200 (possibly closer to 300) cats were seized from Sacred Vision located on Forestbrook Road and placed in protective care as the sanctuary owner, Elizabeth Owen was accused of mistreatment of the cats.

Assistant solicitor for Horry County, Michael O’Sullivan, stated that PETA submitted a 42 page report on the sanctuary last Wednesday (February 23, 2011). An undercover PETA representative spent six months as a volunteer and reported the cats were constantly without food, litter and necessary medical treatment. This was confirmed by PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch, who attended Tuesday’s hearing.

Greg McCollum, attorney for Elizabeth Owen, does not believe it’s fair for the county to seize her cats. Owen was charged in September with improper care and treatment of animals after Horry County officers went to her home to investigate.

Conway magistrate Bradley Mayers did consent for Owen to be allowed to keep 30 of the cats which she claims are her pets. All seized cats, including the 30 she says are her personal pets, will remain at a facility until they can be tested and until the case is tried.

No court date has been set at this time.

The Horry County Animal Care center employees were prepared for the arrival of the cats and already had an area for the cats set up. Donations from PetSmart Charities funded a temporary shelter where the cats will live until everything is resolved.

Elizabeth Owen’s attorney insists this is all a big misunderstanding. Owen has not taken in any addition cats since June 2010 and had adopted out at least 25 cats with 50 more planned to go to new families before these cats were removed from her home.

Friends and neighbors are defending Elizabeth saying she lives for her cats. This could well be a case of a woman who started caring for cats and was overwhelmed and simply took on way too many.

Veterinarians are set to examine all of the cats in the coming days and will treat those who are sick and humanely euthanize those too ill to live.

This case reminds me a lot of the Caboodle Ranch story I did awhile back entitled Caboodle Ranch: Cat Heaven or Cat Hell? Except Elizabeth Owen wasn’t charging people to take their cats and the cats at her sanctuary weren’t in danger of being eaten by coyotes.

Are any of the readers out there familiar with this sanctuary? I’m on the other side of the state from Myrtle Beach. I’d love to live there as it’s a beautiful place and a top tourist attraction for the whole country.

Do you think she’s guilty? Has enough evidence been gathered to charge her? It’s really to early to call a verdict on this one. And we must remember “innocent until proven guilty.”

Personally I believe it’s a bad sign for a one woman sanctuary to house 300 cats. I run a small sanctuary with my daughter and I can assure everyone that 20 cats will be my limit. People who run sanctuaries shouldn’t bite off more than they can chew because you’re not helping the cats. You’re hurting them.

For those of you who would like to help with the care of these poor cats, please contact Horry County Animal Care Center for information at 915-5172. I feel sure they need monetary donations with 300 extra mouths to feed.

The reference for this article also has a video attached of Elizabeth Owen in court.

Elisa

http://www.thesunnews.com/

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Cats Seized At Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary

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Mar 26, 2011
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Thank you
by: Elisa

I agree with a lot of rescuers being hoarders. On my first rescue I met a woman who bragged about having 69 cats. A day or so later on the news there was a story about a woman in that town having 69 cats being a hoarder.

That’s why I like to post plenty of pics of my sanctuary. My house is cluttered in much the same way the home of a two year old is cluttered. I like to show my cats just laying around because some “rescuers” keep their cats in cages.

I have a chip in now to fund surgery for the cats that were too sick or too young to be done at adoption. On April 6 when I have Cassie and Mandy done I’ll post the receipt on my websites to show contributors the money went for the surgery.

I hope to raise enough to also get my 15 a cat tree. I want to be honest in letting everyone know I want to spend a few dollars on a nice tree for them. I’ve learned a lot of people use money for themselves, so I want everything on the up and up

The link to my chip in site is here. And please look at the before and after pictures.

I don’t plan to do a 501c as I work such erratic hours I can’t plan fundraisers. I trust in the judgement of friends to give a dollar or two.

I heard about the Horry case months ago but waited to write the article until everything was set in motion.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Furbys-Halfway-House is my newest article on my rescue.


Mar 26, 2011
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Caboodle Ranch
by: jessie

This Sacred Vision hoarding story does sound a lot like Caboodle Ranch. CR is a one person ran “sanctuary”. He does not adopt out cats. Does not say no to taking in more cats. Just keeps collecting them. Does not see the filth and illnesses that normal people see. Denies everything. I’m glad Horror County finally seized the animals and are going to save the ones that they can and adopt them out. Poor animals. These hoarding people are very, very sick in the head.


Mar 26, 2011
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Link to PETA Investigation
by: sassycat

Here is the link to the PETA Investigation. There is a video as well but I must warn you that the images are very disturbing

https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3583


Mar 26, 2011
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quote from ASPCA as hoarders posing as sanctuaries
by: sassycat

http://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty/animal-hoarding

Do Hoarders Often Pose as Rescue Groups or Sanctuaries?

Absolutely. Research shows many hoarders are beginning to set themselves up as “rescue shelters,” complete with 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status. They may appear to be sensible people, persuasively conveying their love for animals and readiness to take those who are sick and with special needs. Furthermore, the Internet appears to be becoming a great tool for solicitation.

“When looking to place an animal, it is easy for a person to get seduced by a pretty website,” points out Lockwood. “We need to caution people to look behind the curtain before giving over an animal.”

Here are several signs that a rescue group or shelter may involve a hoarder:

•The group is unwilling to let visitors see the location where animals are kept.
•The group will not disclose the number of animals in its care.
•Little effort is made to adopt animals out.
•More animals are continually taken in, despite the poor condition of existing animals.
•Legitimate shelters and rescue organizations are viewed as the enemy.
•Animals may be received at a remote location (parking lot, street corner, etc.) rather than at the group’s facilities.


Mar 03, 2011
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animal sanctiuaries
by: kathy

recently there were two so called animal sanctuaries closed in the Chicago area. One was nearby where i live. The woman was turned in by her ex who went there to retrieve some belongings. There were dead animals found in a pile of garbage and animal excretment such as dogs, an opposum, and birds. P)eople also were defending this woman as to claims of her loving animals so much. They found starving animals there. How can you love animals and be blinded by their needs?? I dont get it.


Mar 03, 2011
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Mar 03, 2011
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link for reference
by: Elisa

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