[Ed. Note: Take action and thank the Judge and District Attorney who worked diligently to bring the cats some justice.]
Judge Jill A. Rangos ordered Lin Marie, owner of Tiger Ranch, to serve 2
years house arrest and 27 years probation during which time she can have no
contact with animals. Judge Rangos also sentenced Marie to undergo a mental
health evaluation and counseling and to make $200,000 in restitution to cover
costs associated with the care of the live animals taken from Tiger Ranch.
Judge Rangos noted that by not sending Marie to jail, she can continue to
work to make restitution rather than be a drain on tax dollars if she were to
sit in jail. However, if Marie violates the terms of her sentence, Judge Rangos
said she will not hesitate to send her to jail.
According to news sources, “Assistant District Attorney Deborah Jugan laid
out…in very minute detail, the number of cats—both alive and dead—found on the
[Tiger Ranch] property and their medical conditions.
“According to Ms. Marie's own records, the prosecutor said, there should have
been 7,819 cats on the property that she had taken in. Instead, they recovered
391 live cats and 106 that were dead and stored in freezers. Of the live cats,
300 of them were malnourished, and 294 had some form of upper respiratory
“You couldn't walk on Tiger Ranch without stepping on cat bones," Jugan said.
Animal hoarding is often a symptom of serious mental illness. Unless animal hoarders seek mental health intervention, they will return to hoarding. Animals of hoarders suffer for long periods of time before they die or are rescued. Some hoarders acquire animals from the unsuspecting public. If you need to rehome your companion animal, avoid advertising “free to good home” as anyone who answers such an ad might not be the most suitable candidate for your companion.