ASPCA and law enforcement raided Caboodle Ranch just after 9 in the morning when Craig was just beginning his chores for the day. This is when the ASPCA videos were taken. If you have even two cats in your household, you know the damage they can do overnight. Times that by the number of Caboodle cats and you can imagine what it would look like in the morning.
Litterboxes were not just scooped, but emptied completely and continually refilled every morning. Craig was holding a bag of Purina when he was arrested. He was in the process of topping off the food bins. Wet food was given every day around 4pm. Water was constantly being refreshed throughout the day. Floors and counters were scrubbed daily. All these chores were just beginning when he was arrested, but that doesn't matter because it made for perfect video just the way it was.
They trapped cats into the night. How long before any of those cats ate?
Craig tried his hardest, with the help and advice of a veterinarian, to treat every cat that was sick. He has many cases (with vet records to prove it) where he's helped bring these sick cats back to perfect health, and he did it out of sheer determination and love. He spent countless nights hand-feeding cats that couldn't eat for themselves, administered medications that were needed, and watched over these cats throughout the night because he didn't want one to die as he slept.
Ask the ASPCA how many of those sick cats have already been euthanized (or will be) because they weren't/aren't worth the time or trouble for them.
Ask them who their poster cat is right now. It's Tommy, Craig's cat. He's sick with FIP, had a lot of bloodwork done, had a feeding tube put in that went from his nose to his stomach and was receiving formula. Dr. Lewis, Caboodle's veterinarian, was monitering his health.
Tommy had been posted about many times. Take a look back within the last 5+ Caboodle Ranch posts and read his story for yourself. If you're reading this on the Caboodle Ranch website, just keep scrolling, you'll see him.
$5000 was just spent on his care at a small hospital in Gainsville. He was starting to gain weight and had even started to eat sliced deli meat before he was taken.
His care at Caboodle Ranch is well documented.
PETA knows how to be dramatic with their filming. Ask them why it took them 5 months to get the footage they have. If a place is deplorable, it shouldn't take longer than a day to get the film evidence needed. But they know the conditions had to be just right... they've done this stuff before.
Some of the footage of Caboodle Ranch was taken after a massive downpour of rain swept through the county... the perfect conditons to film cats huddled inside buildings with dirty floors. And as a "volunteer", part of her job was cleaning... But better to film it instead.
Caboodle cats were not confined to these buildings. They had acres of land in which to roam freely. The property was filled with little cat houses, including a cat sized church, a school, a little courthouse... These weren't for Craig to play in.
This PETA investigator chased a 3-legged cat to film it falling and sliding across the floor. For what purpose? They want people to believe Craig cut its leg off? This cat came to him that way. As so many other unwanted cats do.
He came in from West Virginia, very scared, and it took 3 months for them to become friends. He's a cat with a beautiful personality who was happy and at home at the ranch.
This PETA investigator filmed a refridgerator she knew wasn't in use, and filmed the inside of a decrepid building that was boarded and closed off to cats. This building is still there on the property for anyone to tour and see for themselves.
But it all made for dramatic footage. Ask how many donations they received after posting it. Ask them how much more support they got for stopping the Animal Rescue Act they're trying to oppose.
Craig is up against two huge organizations, one especially known for its bullying and deceitfullness. Please help him to defend himself by making a donation for his legal fees. The Paypal link can be found on Caboodle Ranch's website.
He sacrificed years of his life to help abused, homeless and unwanted cats, and he gave them all a happy home. He didn't have to do it. Please don't let it all be in vain... don't let him stand alone.