As mentioned earlier this week, the ASPCA is currently on the ground in northern Florida, helping the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Madison County Animal Control manage the medical care and sheltering of more than 600 cats removed from the Caboodle Ranch in Lee, approximately 64 miles east of Tallahassee. It is the largest number of cats the ASPCA has ever seized in an animal cruelty investigation.
The animals are currently housed at a temporary shelter in Jacksonville, where they are being treated and cared for by a team of responders from nearly a dozen agencies. More cats are still on the ranch and are expected to be transported to Jacksonville in the next few days.
Many of the cats showed signs of neglect and were suffering from upper respiratory infections, skin conditions such as ringworm, and eye infections. Several cats were in dire need of medical treatment, and responders discovered a number of deceased cats and burial sites on the property.
Earlier this week, the founder and operator of Caboodle Ranch was arrested and charged with one count of felony animal cruelty, three counts of cruelty to animals and one count of scheming to defraud. Additional charges will be determined based on medical reports and evidence provided by the ASPCA.
We will remain at the temporary shelter in Jacksonville to monitor the cats’ health and temperament. The ASPCA will work on placement of the animals once the final disposition has been determined by the prosecutor.
Stay tuned to aspca.org for the latest on the Madison County rescue.