Dr. Lewis’ Testimony on Cross Examination in Civil Case

Jun 18 2012 Published by under Facts,News

Dr. Lewis, Caboodle Ranch’s official vet, was called as a witness on behalf of Craig Grant in the custody hearing for the cats on May 4, 2012. Dr. Lewis testified that Craig confided in him that he couldn’t afford care for current cats without donations that came in with new cats.

“So, it was a ‘Catch 22’ situation. Without the donations we couldn’t do the other stuff; without new cats, you couldn’t get the donations.” (pg. 18-19)

The full testimony is now available in the Document Library.

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Exhibits 14 through 16: Snapshots of Horror (And A Tale of Redemption)

May 27 2012 Published by under Facts,News

The following photos show graphic evidence of abuse at Caboodle Ranch. These images may be disturbing to sensitive viewers.

Exhibits 14, 15, and 16 presented the court with specific examples of the disease and neglect that characterized Caboodle Ranch.

Exhibit 14: Cat #029

Exhibit 14 chronicles the treatment of Cat #029, a male cat with an upper respiratory infection so severe that he is now completely blind.

This cat’s right eye had a mature cataract. The left eye had an enlarged cornea and conjunctivitis, with pus and discharge present, and a yellow abscess on the eyelid.

The pain was intense.

Cat #029’s toenails were painfully ingrown and had pierced the pads of the feet. His paws were swollen and leaking pus.

Medical notes also indicated that the cat was:

  • 10% dehydrated
  • hypothermic, with a temperature of 98.7, well below the feline average of 100.5 to 100.7
  • suffering from URI’s from 3 different infectious agents

Cat #029 had been tagged by Caboodle Ranch with the identification “10-4”: he was not feral.

Dr. John Lewis, Caboodle Ranch’s veterinarian, testified that this cat had never been presented to him for treatment, and that it required immediate medical care.

This image was taken on April 29th, 2012, after treatment.

The cat’s left eye was surgically removed. The right eye remains painful. He is completely blind. Overgrown nails were cut.

Approximate cost of treatment was $300 to $500.

Exhibit 15: Cat #039

Exhibit 15 chronicles the treatment of Cat #039, who essentially starved to death while under the care of Caboodle Ranch.

Cat #039 was severely emaciated, with infected teeth and gums that prevented him from eating comfortably. He suffered from severe diarrhea, was unable to move, and was covered in his own waste.

Cat #039 had lain in his own waste for so long, he suffered chemical burns from it.

Medical notes:

  • Body condition: 1 to 2/9
  • 8-10% dehydrated
  • 21% anemic
  • Ataxic (could not stand or walk)
  • Inflamed and receding gums
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Tested positive for 6 different conditions that cause diarrhea

Cat #039 was immediately transferred to a veterinary hospital and was given a blood transfusion. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the veterinary staff, the cat could not be saved. He was humanely euthanized a few days after the rescue.

Exhibit 16: Cat #069

Exhibit 16 chronicles the treatment of Cat #069, a cat with an upper respiratory infection that led to neurological damage.

Cat #069’s story has a happy outcome, and a bright future.

Cat #069 suffered from a severe upper respiratory infection and a painfully ruptured eardrum.

Medical notes:

  • Body condition: 3/9
  • 21% anemic
  • Significant ocular and nasal discharge from URI
  • Suffered from two infections causing URI
  • Ear was filled with pus from a bacterial septic infection
  • Eardrum was painfully ruptured
  • Ataxic, unable to walk properly or hold up head
  • Neurological damage caused involuntary eye movements

Cat #069 was unable to reach food or water on his own, but with nutritional support and water, and treatment with antibiotics for the infections, he recovered.

A survivor.

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Caboodle Ranch Custody Hearing: Exhibits 8 and 13

May 19 2012 Published by under Facts

The following photos show graphic evidence of abuse at Caboodle Ranch. These images may be disturbing to sensitive viewers.

These photographs were entered into evidence without objection by the defense. They are listed as Exhibits 8 and 13.


A map of Caboodle Ranch.

Remains found near Building O

Decomposing remains found near Building O, in front of the General Store, concealed under an inverted dog carrier lid. Investigators were not initially able to see the cat, but found it due to the strong smell of decomposition.

The remains were covered with flies and maggots.

Trailer J

Maggot-infested remains of a cat found outside Trailer J.

Interior of Trailer J. The trailer was filthy: roaches, decomposing food, trash, and debris were found.

In the rear of the trailer was a vanity. Inside, two cats were found in advanced states of decomposition.

In the back room of Trailer J, a cat’s leg bone was found on a sleeping bag. Four cans of cat food were found; one can was full. The cans were not dirty and the food, although spoiled, was not rotten, which suggests they had been recently placed there for the cats.

Burial Ground

In the largely-unused burial ground in the back of Caboodle Ranch, three decomposing cats were found in partially-exposed trash bags. Investigators were able to remove the bags up without digging.

A decomposing cat was found lying nearby on the ground.

Cat remains near Security Building F

The scattered remains of a cat were found on the walk between the Sick Ward and the Security Building.

Security Building F interior

The room was littered with debris and fecal matter, and had a strong odor.

Vials for rabies shots bore an expiration date of August 2012.

The maggot-infested refrigerator in the Security Building contained wasted supplies, including a box of FeLV test kits.

Sick Ward exterior

The ASPCA testified that the horrible smell from the Sick Ward prevented him from staying in the building for more than five to ten minutes at a time. There was no proper ventilation for the sick cats.

Sick Ward interior

A lethargic tan Siamese in the Sick Ward had a swollen right eye and abnormal, swollen face. The cat’s eye had protruded back into its skull, eventually causing the skull to fracture. This cat had to be humanely euthanized.

This black and white cat in the Sick Ward was unable to move. His fur was soiled with feces and urine, and his legs were crusted.

Two cats in the back of a cabinet in the Sick Ward. The cat in the rear had swollen eyes, the left sunken into the skull. It had difficulty standing.

Both cats had accumulated mucus on nose and eyes, and difficulty breathing.

The ASPCA testified to the large number of cats in this area, and to the fact that the windows were hazy with blood and mucus from sneezing cats. [Editor’s note: also seen in the PeTA video.] The cats had runny eyes and noses, and the sound of sneezing and labored breathing could be heard throughout the Sick Ward. The floor was smeared with feces.

Dr. Miller, a veterinarian and shelter expert, later testified that there were 55 cats in the Sick Ward trailer, and 45 of those (82%) had upper respiratory infections.

General Store

The first floor of the General Store held numerous sick cats with sneezing, discharge from the nose and eyes, and labored breathing. Floors throughout the General Store were soiled with vomit and feces. The ASPCA witness testified that the stench of urine could be smelled before entering the building.

Dr. Miller testified that 59 cats were taken from the General Store, and 41 of those (69%) had upper respiratory infections.

Only two food and water bowls were available. The rubber bins used as litter boxes were completely full.

The second floor of the General Store was also filled with litter, feces, and flies. Litter boxes were full, and inadequate for the number of cats in the building. Windows were clouded with mucus. The dirty water in the water bowls is plainly visible in the photographs.

A female cat with two kittens was found. The kittens were unable to open their eyes due to crusted mucus. The mother suffered from a URI, with mucus in mouth and nose. She was found in the Kennel Room.

Dr. Miller testified that 12 of the cats (20%) taken from the General Store were FeLV-positive.
Nineteen of the cats (32%) taken from this location were FIV-positive.

The ASPCA testified that they heard a cat yowling, and on investigating, they found this cat in need of immediate medical attention. Half of the cat’s body was soaked in his own urine and feces, because he was unable to move from the pain.

After being rushed to the ER facility, veterinarians were had to humanely euthanize the cat 48 hours later.

This cat’s horrifying condition is detailed in Dr. Miller’s testimony, with documents entered into evidence as Exhibit 13.

Exhibit 13: Grey Cat

Dr. Miller testified that:

  • The cat had life-threatening conditions because he was hypothermic with a temperature of 93.6 degrees, and was 8% dehydrated.
  • The cat was unable to walk or stand, and could not get to food on his own.
  • He was covered in urine and feces.
  • His legs were rigid and he could not move them; he had slow withdrawal reflexes.
  • He had a head tilt and tremors, signs of neurological damage.
  • The cat’s body condition was 2/9.

The cat meowed in pain throughout the examination. Pain was present in all limbs, as evidenced by increased heart rate and vocalizations when the cat’s extremities were examined.

The material on the stick is pus and debris removed from the cat’s ear. Testing revealed a bacterial infection, strep infection, and yeast infection.

A bacterial skin rash, possibly due to flea infestation, is documented.

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Exhibits and Testimony from the Caboodle Ranch Custody Hearing

May 18 2012 Published by under Facts,News

Caboodle Ranch trustee Elise Perkins has generously provided her notes on the testimony of Jamie Willoughby, Madison County Animal Control Officer.

As recounted in the notes, the sworn testimony contradicts previous statements by Nanette Entriken and Craig Grant on the Caboodle Ranch blog.

For example, the Caboodle Ranch blog states: “Caboodle Ranch was inspected by animal control every three months.” However, Jamie Willoughby’s testimony states that he had been to the Ranch only half a dozen times in the six to seven years he has been in contact with Caboodle Ranch, far less than the twenty or more visits Caboodle Ranch claims.

This is just one of many contradictions between the sworn testimony in court and the story Caboodle Ranch told its donors.

Further notes and the official transcripts will be posted as they become available.

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Caboodle Ranch Infographic

Apr 06 2012 Published by under Facts

A new infographic summarizes the circumstances leading to the Caboodle Ranch raid. Please help us expose the reality behind Caboodle Ranch by sharing this link with friends on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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