Craig Grant and his attorney have requested that this Wednesday’s hearing to determine custody of the 691 seized Caboodle Ranch cats be postponed as he seeks a permit to upgrade the facility. Grant’s arraignment on animal cruelty and scheme to defraud charges remains set for tomorrow.
The fate of the Caboodle Ranch cats remains on hold as the court hearing on their custody is postponed from this Wednesday, April 4 to a yet unspecified time. The cats are housed in a special facility in Jacksonville, FL while their ownership and custody status remains in limbo. If not returned to Grant, they will remain in the custory of Madison county until they can be released for adoption and for transfer to other shelters. Former owners have been invited, and assisted, in reclaiming their own cats. Those owners can call a hotline at 866-816-4804 or send email to [email protected]
Craig Grant has requested a permit to upgrade his cat sanctuary before he asks a judge to return the 691 seized Caboodle Ranch Sanctuary cats to his custody. That permit request has been cited in Grant’s request to postpone the custody hearing.
According to a report on Jacksonville.com that provides details on the current state of the custody issue and criminal case, Grant’s attorney David Collins said Grant will plead not guilty and request a jury trail at his arraignment on the fraud and cruelty charges. Also according to that report, the burden of proof on the cruelty charges will lie with the ASPCA.
For related stories, click here. Our previous stories have received numerous comments, with supporters and detractors of Craig Grant and Caboodle Ranch taking positions as far apart and mutually contemptuous of one another as is conceivable. The sanctuary has been described variously as a paradise and a Hell hole, depending on who is giving their version of the state of affairs at the Ranch.