July 25, 2012 -
The ASPCA, in conjunction with the Jacksonville Humane Society, is gearing up to host a large-scale adoption event on August 11 & 12 to help find permanent homes for the hundreds of cats rescued from Caboodle Ranch in February. It’s been nearly five months since the cats were rescued.
Additional information about the adoption event is listed below:
ASPCA & Jacksonville Humane Society
Hundreds of cats rescued from Caboodle Ranch. Some of these cats have special needs, including barn cats and those that are FIV+ or have feline leukemia.
Saturday and Sunday, August 11 & 12
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
ASPCA Temporary Shelter
2580 West 1st Street
Jacksonville, FL 32254
These adoptions will be fee-waived. In addition, all of the cats that are available for adoption will be micro-chipped and spayed/neutered. Potential adopters should bring with them one government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport, military ID, or non-driver ID), proof of address, and a pet transfer crate. Veterinary forensics experts will also be on hand to provide tours of the ASPCA’s Mobile CSI Unit.
Smaller, separate adoption events for the Caboodle Ranch cats will also be held that same weekend in Sarasota (hosted by Cat Depot) and in the Tampa Bay area (hosted by the Humane Society of Pinellas in cooperation with SPCA Tampa Bay).
June 26, 2012 -
A judge has ruled that the Caboodle Ranch cats will remain in the custody of the Madison County Sheriff's Office.
The criminal trial against Caboodle Ranch owner Craig Grant is set for August.
ASPCA Applauds Florida Court Decision Placing Custody of Animals Seized From Caboodle Ranch, Inc. With Madison County Sheriff
The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) applauds the decision of the County Court, Third Judicial Circuit, Madison County, Fla., ordering the animals seized from Caboodle Ranch, Inc. (“Caboodle”) on February 27, 2012, as part of a criminal animal cruelty investigation, to be remanded to the custody of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. The Court stripped Caboodle, a Fla. not-for-profit corporation, of all right, title or interest in the animals seized from its facility in February and prohibited Caboodle from possessing other animals.
The ASPCA has managed the sheltering of the hundreds of animals (almost all cats) removed from the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions at Caboodle in Lee, Fla., approximately 64 miles east of Tallahassee, for the past four months.
“We are pleased that the Court so strongly affirmed what we knew to be true from our work on this case—that Caboodle has not provided adequate care for the animals in the past and is not fit to do so in the future,” said Stacy Wolf, vice president of the ASPCA.
“The Court’s decision has the best interest of the animals at heart,” said Tim Rickey, senior director of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. “As the Court noted, cats at Caboodle lived in filth; many were sick and in pain; hundreds of ASPCA responders have made an extraordinary effort to care for these cats over the past four months in order to bring them back to a basic level of health. Our hope is that we will soon be able to help them find the homes, special adoption arrangements or colonies they so richly deserve.”
Among some of the Court’s findings:
The evidence demonstrated “clearly and convincingly, that the Caboodle animals were not receiving proper and reasonable care while in the custody of Caboodle.”
“Caboodle’s own veterinarian testified that the number of animals on the Caboodle property on the date of the seizure significantly exceeded the limits he had recommended. . .”
Caboodle “depended upon a continuing influx of new animals for its financial survival. It is more likely than not that Caboodle would continue to fail to abide by the recommendations of its own veterinarian regarding population limitations if the animals were returned.”
“Sick animals were not adequately isolated. . .”
“. . . Caboodle is clearly and substantially lacking in the resources, ability, skill and (most importantly) willingness to follow expert veterinary advice essential to an operation dedicated to the care of such a large and apparently ever-growing number of animals it seemed intent on sheltering.”
The following criminal charges are pending against the founder of Caboodle: one count of felony animal cruelty; three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty; and one count of scheming to defraud (felony).
Stay with WCTV for more on this story.
UPDATE May 22, 2012
WCTV has obtained photos submitted as evidence in the civil trial against Caboodle Ranch owner Craig Grant.
The exhibits show eight cats, in various stages of decay, that were found on the Caboodle property dating the seizure back in February.
Other photos show cats at the temporary shelter in Jacksonville prior to being treated for various illnesses.
The photos are graphic.
Madison County, FL -- May 3, 2012 --
In a story we've been covering since February.... a civil hearing is underway in Madison County to decide who gets custody of the more than six hundred Caboodle Ranch cats.
Six hundred and ninety two cats were seized from the Caboodle Ranch in February following an investigation by PETA. Since then, the cats have been in a shelter in Jacksonville. David Collins represents ranch owner Craig Grant.
"I feel that the facts are on our side, if the law is followed, and uh, we're ready to go. We're eager. We've been waiting on this day," said Collins.
The first witness to take the stand was Dr. Julie Levy who visited the ranch in May and June of 2009 at the request of the Madison County Sheriff's office.
"My initial impression was that there was too many cats for them to be receiving reasonable and proper care."
The judge is also hearing testimony to decide if Nanette Entriken should regain custody of her thirty-nine cats. They were seized from her home on Craig Grant's property two days after the raid.
"Her cats were not roaming outside the home. They were contained inside the home. They were healthy and should never have been taken, in my opinion."
Both Grant and Entriken were allowed to see their cats at the shelter in Jacksonville this week.
"They would not let me touch them. I could not open the cage to hold them. Um, they were standing by like guards, like I was a criminal,"
The trial will resume Friday morning. Both sides hope to have a decision by early next week.
Grant faces animal cruelty charges in the case. A criminal trial date has not yet been scheduled.