|Purred: Wed May 7, '08 12:45pm PST |
|here is a letter just received from the ASPCA to me today:
Thank you for contacting the ASPCA about the cats at Tiger Ranch. We share your concern for the 8-12 million animals at risk in our nation's shelters. It is especially troubling when animals in the safe haven of a shelter are suffering. Some of this is the result of the poor funding of shelters that are trying to humanely care for the irresponsibility of society. We are grateful that caring people like you do whatever they can to help.
The ASPCA is proud that we were able to support the efforts of the Pennsylvania SPCA with our three mobile veterinary clinics, including our Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and our staff, in this extraordinary effort. Although the ASPCA is a national organization, our humane law enforcement authority is limited to New York State. The Pennsylvania SPCA is the lead agency and is working with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office on the case.
We, like you, recognize that Ms. Bruno and Tiger Ranch were trying to help animals, however, it was the current condition of the animals that required the actions taken, and there was more than enough evidence to have the judge issue the search warrant. The pictures of the animals and the facility tell the tale well enough. The concern of the 120+ individuals responding was that the animals be taken to safety and treated. The courts, not the ASPCA or the PSPCA, will decide how best to resolve the situation and whether what was observed and documented is cruelty under the law. The case is currently in the court system and we hope that the full story will be told, and justice will be served so that this type of tragedy does not occur.
We encourage anyone that is considering the surrender of their animals to a shelter visit the facilities, look over their financial statement, speak with the management and discuss long-term care of their animals. Hoarding is a serious issue and if you would like more information, you can go to this website. http://www.tufts.edu/vet/cfa/hoarding
Thank you for caring and sharing your concerns. We encourage you to consider supporting your local animal shelter's efforts to help find loving homes for homeless pets. And, thank you for your support of the ASPCA's mission.
Lanie Anton, ASPCA
National Outreach Internet Manager
189 Berdan Avenue, #407, Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone: 212-876-7700, ext. 4701
973-628-9494 Fax: 973-686-0173
I recently spoke with a woman(who contacted me via a cat/owner website - CATSTER.COM) who said she was a friend to the Owner to the Tiger Ranch and asked if I could help (or know someone that could help) get the cats back to the Owner. At first when I e-mailed her I though it was about another shelter but to find out it wasn't. In good conscious after viewing as much as I could on the investigation I couldn't do it. There was too much riding against the Owner - she might have had good intentions in taking care of the cats but with the overload of cats surrendered to her the care for the cats got away from her. Also the woman I spoke with during our conversation spoke about her cat (a stray she is caring for) and I asked her if she had it spayed/neutered and she said" no it was a male and didn't need to be". After that I was appalled - this is where the overload in "no-kill" and shelters alike start having their problems. I am really upset after that phone call do to the fact she was more concerned about that woman's farm (Tiger) and not concentrating on her own cats (the ones that need to be fixed).
I am writing you and letting you know this cause apparently some people are blind to the severity of the animal conditions at the Tiger Ranch - Maybe a somewhat detailed write up on your website of what is being done for those animals that were rescued could help others (like the woman I spoke with) could understand better.
Thank you for your attention.
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