Hundreds of Cats Rescued in Animal Cruelty Case at Caboodle RanchPublished March 5, 2012
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The case against Caboodle Ranch was built when an undercover PETA employee posing for many months as a volunteer documented that the cats at the sanctuary were living under deplorable conditions. Heart-wrenching videos produced by PETA showed the cats living in filthy conditions, which resulted in many of them suffering from upper respiratory infections so severe they were unable to breathe. One cat's eye disease was so advanced and untreated that the kitty wound up going blind. In another act of animal cruelty, the PETA investigator said he witnessed Caboodle Ranch founder Craig Grant wiping the noses, eyes, and faces of some of the cats using Clorox wipes.
The conditions at Caboodle Ranch, documented in over a year's worth of complaints received by PETA, led to a large scale rescue effort. The ASPCA claimed that the situation has resulted in the largest number of cats ever having to be confiscated from one location during an animal cruelty investigation. Upon their rescue from the unhealthy conditions they lived under, the sickest of cats were rushed for immediate veterinary care.
As a result of Caboodle Ranch's spiral out of control, Grant, 63, was arrested on one felony count of animal cruelty, three counts of cruelty to animals and one count of scheme to defraud. His bail was set at $250,000.
Writing this story truly broke my heart, as it was only three years ago that, following a fascinating conversation with Grant, I wrote a glowing story about the sanctuary. I cannot help but keep wondering how a kitty haven turned into a kitty hell of such a magnitude so quickly.
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