by Elisa Black-Taylor
Caboodle Ranch pictured as cat paradise
A five month undercover investigation by PETA of Caboodle Ranch, located in Madison County, Florida, has led to charges being of animal cruelty and neglect being made against Caboodle Ranch owner Craig Grant. Grant has been charged with systemic fatal neglect of up to 700 cats at his so-called "rescue sanctuary."
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), along with help from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Madison County Sheriff's Office in Lee, Florida are now working on the removal of up to 700 cats.
I have a video of the PETA investigation for all of you to watch. I'll post it later in this article as once you watch it your blood will boil. I guarantee it.
I get very angry when I think back about the story I did well over a year ago titled Caboodle Ranch:Cat Heaven Or Cat Hell? This story became the most commented article ever to run on www.pictures-of-cats.org. Supporters of Craig Grant as well as animal activists voiced their opinions on the situation. A few even defended Craig and his sanctuary.
As a writer, I had to tread carefully so as not to face a libel suit. Craig appeared to be going after anyone who tried to get the truth out about what was happening to the cats there.
The situation was much worse than I ever thought it could be. PETA investigators found cats with drippy infection hanging from the nose and mouth. They undercover investigator even offered to provide veterinary treatment for a few of the cats and Craig Grant refused.
I'd like to invite any of Craig Grant's supporters to take a look at this video made by PETA. There are maggots in the refrigerator on the medication for the cats. Covering the food for the cats. How can anyone say this place has been a good place for cats to live?
Here's the PETA video of Caboodle Ranch. VERY GRAPHIC!
Readers, are you feeling physically ill after viewing the video? I had pictured a lot of sick cats wandering around, but nothing like this. Look at the cat who's about starved and is nothing but skin and bones! And the cat with the bad eye who was neglected and suffered a slow and painful death.
This situation has been going on for several years. These cats have been living in hell for a very long time. Yet Caboodle Ranch got the approval of several animal welfare representatives. Can anyone name who all thought Craig Grant and Caboodle Ranch were doing a good job?
Was there a cover up? I don't understand how Caboodle Ranch, with so many serious complaints, was allowed to take in more cats for well over a year before something is finally being done.
Bret Hopman, ASPCA representative, stated his organization will be removing cats for quite some time. The ones found alive, that is. I hate to imagine the estimate if all of the claims of abuse against the cats here are true. How many lost their lives to coyotes, automobiles and neighbors shooting the ones to cross onto their property. Not to mention the ones who died of disease or injuries.
Many rescues across the United States have been preparing for this day. Ready to step in and assist with helping the Caboodle Ranch cats. That day has finally come. I hope anyone who can take one or more of these cats will keep up with this situation on the news as to how a rescue will be handled.
I do hope many of the cats haven't gone feral. We all know PETA thinks feral cats should be euthanized instead of reformed. That may be the next battle involving the Caboodle Cats.
Craig Grant has been charged by the Madison County Sheriff's Office with animal neglect/cruelty. I don't know how many charges he's facing, but it should be in the hundreds. He had plenty of offers to help take the cats. People have offered to take some of the cats off of his hands through rescue or adoption and he adamantly refused.
Please comment with any updates on this situation. Or if I've omitted important information.
I hope these cats are given a chance for a good life with someone who loves and cares for them. Most of all I hope justice prevails in this matter. It's been a long time coming.