McKamey staff assisting in Florida animal cruelty case
MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA (WRCB) - Employees from McKamey Animal Center have been dispatched to Florida to help care more than 600 abused cats.
Animal Control officers removed the cats from the Caboodle Ranch on Monday. The ranch is approximately 64 miles east of Tallahassee.
More cats are expected to be removed from the sanctuary property and transported to a temporary shelter over the next couple of days.
This is the largest number of cats the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA, has ever seized in an animal cruelty investigation.
Many of the cats exhibited signs of neglect and were suffering from upper respiratory infections, skin conditions and eye infections, among other medical issues.
Several cats were in dire need of medical treatment, and responders discovered a number of deceased cats on the property, in addition to burial sites.
The founder and operator of Caboodle Ranch, Craig Grant, was arrested. He was charged with one count of felony animal cruelty, three counts of cruelty to animals, and one count of scheming to defraud.
More than 100 responders from 11 agencies are assisting the ASPCA with the investigation, including staff from Chattanooga's McKamey Animal Center.