PSPCA Rescues Hundreds of Cats and Other Animals From Animal 'Sanctuary'

I’ve been in bed with a migraine all day and just got up a little while ago to check all my email. This message from the Pennsylvania SPCA is one of the last messages I read and my heart is sick with grief ~ especially because this happened so close to home.

Here’s the text from the email:

Dear Friend,

I spent all night moving sick and dying cats into cages for transport to the animal hospital. I am exhausted. Everyone around me is exhausted, but there is still more work to do. More cats to help.

On Thursday night, the Pennsylvania SPCA raided a place called Tiger Ranch. There were more than 600 cats living on the 30-acre property. Tiger Ranch advertised itself as a “no-kill sanctuary” so people dropped their unwanted pets and stray cats off thinking that they were saving them. Instead, the cats were neglected, underfed and left to die.

The cats were living in filthy, cramped conditions, without enough food or water, and many were suffering from untreated illnesses. When they died, the owner of the property buried their bodies in large burial pits and covered them with dirt. It is a horrific, nightmarish scene. Cat fur lines the ground around the burial pits. And even worse, there are dozens of dead cats in freezers, waiting to be buried.

On Thursday night, the owner of Tiger Ranch was arrested. We have now seized all of the cats and are providing prompt medical care. With the help of partners like the ASPCA and local rescue organizations, we have rescued most of the cats. Some were so ill that they had to be humanely euthanized. Some died before we arrived or on the way to the animal hospital. But we’ve saved many hundreds of them.

The Pennsylvania SPCA has set up a shelter and animal hospital just for these cats in Clarion County, PA. We will be fully providing all medical care and boarding until they are well enough to be adopted. We are accepting donations to the Tiger Ranch Fund to help pay for our efforts.

You can support the Pennsylvania SPCA and donate directly to save these neglected cats online. Just write “Tiger Ranch” in the dedication field. We also accept donations over the phone (215 426 6304 ext. 217) or via mail. Please contact Rachel McCrystal, Director of Development, at rmccrystal@pspca.org if you have any further questions about donating to help our efforts.

I am shocked by the neglect I’ve seen over the past two days. One small black cat dead in a litter box. Dozens of skinny cats pushing each other out of the way to get to one dish of water. Many cats that were so weak from dehydration that they could barely walk. Some literally blind from illness or bleeding from their mouths. Hundreds of sick, sneezing, crying cats.

As we work here in Clarion County, providing urgent medical care and trying to ascertain what exactly happened at that horrible place, I know that these cats will never again have to suffer like that. I am promising that to each and every one of them.

Please help if you can.

All my best,

Howard

Howard R. Nelson, Chief Executive Officer


Here’s the news story in it’s entirety.

You Can Help
You can support the Pennsylvania SPCA and donate directly to save these neglected cats online. Just write “Tiger Ranch” in the dedication field. We also accept donations over the phone (215 426 6304 ext. 217) or via mail. Please contact Rachel McCrystal, Director of Development, at rmccrystal@pspca.org if you have any further questions about donating to help our efforts.

Thank you all for reading and extra thanks to all of you who are able to help these abused creatures find forever homes!


UPDATE:
You can view the news story from last night here.

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