Caboodle Cat "Sanctuary" Exposed: Stop Florida's "Animal Rescue Act" Legislation
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org

Originally Posted: February 28, 2012

Caboodle Cat Ranch Exposed: Stop Florida's "Animal Rescue Act" Legislation

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

ACTION

A dangerous bill is currently making its way through Florida's legislature. Animal shelters would be forced to hand over animals to self-proclaimed, unregulated animal "rescues" like Caboodle if the misleading "Animal Rescue Act" (S.B. 818 and H.B. 597) becomes law. PETA is calling on the bill's sponsors to withdraw the legislation.  

Sign an online petition: https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3955&utm_campaign=0112%20Caboodle%20Investigation%20Action%20Alert&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Florida Representative Abruzzo 513 The Capitol 402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 phone (850) 488-4791

Florida Senator Bennett 3653 Cortez Road West Bradenton, FL 34210 phone (941) 727-6349 fax (850) 487-5078

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Caboodle Ranch, Inc., was a self-proclaimed "cat rescue sanctuary" in Madison County, Florida, that boasted that it gave cats "everything they will ever need to live a happy healthy life." But PETA's undercover investigation found that the "ranch" was essentially a one-person operation and that the nearly 500 cats at the "no kill" facility lived in filthy, crowded conditions and suffered from chronic neglect.

Based on PETA's evidence, officials are seizing Caboodle's animals and charging its founder and operator, Craig Grant, with cruelty! Please take action to help keep other animals out of similar "no-kill" rescues and "sanctuaries" in Florida.

PETA's investigation found that the "ranch" consisted of dilapidated, moldy, trailers reeking of ammonia, crowded kennels, and impossible-to-sanitize wooden sheds and that Grant denied cats effective veterinary care for rampant upper-respiratory infections and other ailments, sometimes with fatal consequences. PETA's investigator routinely brought to Grant's attention the suffering of individual cats at the facility, but requests for veterinary care and offers to rush suffering and even dying cats to a veterinarian for emergency medical attention were often dismissed. Grant left cats like Lilly, whose iris protruded through a ruptured cornea, to suffer month after month until she permanently lost sight in that injured eye. Grant put Lilly in his so-called "sick ward" trailer, where for weeks her condition continued to deteriorate and where she became more and more depressed, withdrawn, and ill—until she finally died on January 31, 2012. Read more about Lilly's sad story here.

Several cats other than Lilly, including a kitten who was born to a cat Grant had failed to spay, died without veterinary care during the course of PETA's investigation. Some, including the kitten, died of seemingly treatable conditions. PETA's investigation also found that Grant allowed cats who were sick with fatal feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and leukemia to roam freely and come into contact with cats not known to have either disease; that cats were not effectively confined to the facility and were easily able to escape its perimeter fence; that almost every day, Grant roughly rubbed cats' faces, eyes, and noses with Clorox wipes to "clean" them; that Grant intentionally hid and instructed others to hide from visitors cats who were clearly in need of medical care that he was not providing; that ailing cats at Caboodle had gnats and other insects swarming around them and were forced to endure disgusting living areas covered with vomit, trash, and waste and infested with roaches and maggots; and that Grant failed to get some cats sterilized and allowed cats to breed. Dead cats' remains were left to rot on the facility's grounds—PETA's investigator found skulls, spines, and other cat bones in the woods on Grant's property.

A dangerous bill is currently making its way through Florida's legislature. Animal shelters would be forced to hand over animals to self-proclaimed, unregulated animal "rescues" like Caboodle if the misleading "Animal Rescue Act" (S.B. 818 and H.B. 597) becomes law. PETA is calling on the bill's sponsors to withdraw the legislation.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!


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