Heavy rains hampered removal of cats from the Caboodle sanctuary yesterday, but crews are back on the scene today. Officials say there were about 700 cats on the property.
Yesterday’s raid at Caboodle ranch cat sanctuary removed some cats from the property and saw the arrest of operator Craig Grant. The large scale investigation and animal seizure is headed by PETA, the ASPCA, and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. The IFAW is also involved, and will provide forensic and sheltering support.
Officials involved in the investigation say there were close to 700 cats on the property, but the total figure will not be known until all of the cats are removed. PetSmart Charities has sent three of their Emergency Relief Waggins to Florida to help in the seized cats care. The cats will be housed in a temporary emergency shelter. Calls are already coming in, with people offering to adopt, but the cats are currently being held as evidence in the case against their caretaker.
In addition to the previously announced abuse charges, Caboodle Ranch owner Craig Grant has also been charged with fraud. He has posted bond and been released from jail.
The following report from last night’s 11 o’clock news at local station WCTV recaps yesterday’s events.