By Mike Springer
May 23, 2013
Monticello, FL-After battling it out in court for a year, the Caboodle Ranch saga may be over.
A deal has been reached to avoid a trial and possible jail time for its owner, Craig Grant.
"It's been tough on him, I'll say that. But there is some relief there," said David Collins, Grant's attorney.
Last year, more than 600 cats were seized from the Madison County animal sanctuary known as Caboodle Ranch after allegations of abuse and neglect of the cats there arose.
The Sheriff's Office arrested Grant.
Now, relief is coming for Grant through a deferred prosecution agreement. It will help him avoid a trial and possible jail time.
Under the deal with the state, the criminal charges against Grant will be dropped if he agrees to take his medication, pay costs to the state attorney's office and is not arrested within the next 24 months.
Grant's attorney says the agreement won't prohibit Grant from owning cats.
"He's allowed to have animals. He's allowed to have up to whatever many cats the local County ordinances allow," said Collins.
Collins won't say how many cats Grant currently owns.
Many of the cats seized were put up for adoption through the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - or ASPCA -
They declined to comment on the deal. But ASPCA released this statement saying "Caboodle Ranch has not provided adequate care for the animals in the past and is not fit to do so in the future.'
Grant's attorney also says he's working to have the civil case against his client dropped. That case pertains to the ownership of the cats.
Monticello, FL, November 8, 2012 - The owner of a Madison County cat sanctuary who's facing animal cruelty charges heads to court next month.
The case against Craig Grant, the owner of Caboodle Ranch, will go on trial December 20. There is a pretrial motion set for December 3.
About 700 cats were seized from Caboodle Ranch by the Madison County Sheriff's Office last after allegations of neglect arose.
Grant faces animal cruelty charges.
Monticello, FL, November 2, 2012 - The attorney for a cat sanctuary has filed an appeal, seeking to get the nearly 700 cats seized from Caboodle Ranch back.
The attorneys for Caboodle Ranch filed the appeal at the Madison County Courthouse Friday.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office seized the 653 cats after reports of neglect.
WCTV reached out to the Sheriff's Office for comment. But he is out of town and unavailable.
August 8, 2012
More than 650 cats were rescued from Caboodle Ranch back in February. Now, many of them are available for adoption.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, known as the ASPCA, was granted full custody of the cats following a civil trial against the ranch's owner. The ASPCA has been caring for the cats in a temporary shelter in Jacksonville for the past five months.
Tim Rickey is the Senior Director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. He said the ASPCA has been working hard to get the cats to a basic health level.
"We do have some cats here that are going to need ongoing medical care. And we're hoping that there are people willing to open up their hearts and homes to come in and give one of these cats a second chance," said Rickey.
The ASPCA is holding an adoption event this coming Saturday and Sunday, August 11Th and 12Th at the shelter in Jacksonville. Three hundred cats will be available at that site. There is no fee for these adoptions.
The shelter is located at:
2580 West 1st Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32254
For more information, visit www.aspca.org/caboodlecats