Local shelter was lax regarding 'Tiger Ranch'

Regarding the March 17 article, ''SPCA seeks donations for cats rescued in raid'': I read with dismay, but not surprise, that the authorities had finally caught on to what was possibly going on at Tiger Ranch. Full Story
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Martina

Conyers, GA

#1 Mar 21, 2008
Many people will dump their pets on anyone who will take them. A hoarder will take them all and tell them nice stories about how wonderful they will be treated and then neglect the cats until they die a miserable death. Tiger Ranch boasted on their website that they never refused a cat and they took them in from 32 shelters and 8 states. Any sane person with basic math skills could see that this means suffering and death for thousands of cats.

Hoarders are master manipulators and will habitually lie and confuse people, make you feel sorry for them, and sometimes even make you think of them as a fallen hero or a cat lover with special powers/gifts (they have an obsessive driving need to feel special), even when you see all the suffering and death they have caused. They sensationalize their abilities and gather followers (many via the internet) who get drawn into the hoarder's cult-like fantasy. Some of this woman's followers are sending vile death threats to the woman who made the undercover video. I always tell people to look at the conditions and not what a hoarder or her followers tell you. For more information about this mental disorder, please visit the Tufts Hoarding Of Animals Research Consortium at:

http://www.tufts.edu/vet/cfa/hoarding/
Rebecca

AOL

#2 Mar 22, 2008
Lin Marie at Tiger Ranch tried to do what she could for cats. I think we all depended on hervto much!
John2

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Mar 22, 2008
This is not a hoarding situation at all. Tiger Ranch was a business that would regularly take in hundreds of cats at a time, and hundreds would also disappear from Tiger Ranch overnight. The owner claimed she adopted them all of them out, but anyone with experience finding homes for cats knows how ridiculous that claim is. Does anyone really believe hundreds of people a week adopted a cat from Tiger Ranch on an on-going basis? Where is the documentation for all those adoptions?
The real questions are: Where did all those cats really go? Who has a need for a hundred cats at a time? Why did so many Western PA humane agents and shelters cover this up for so many years despite so many complaints, and even go so far as to notify the owner in advance of inspections? The truth is even uglier than what's become public so far.
marieM

Riverdale, MD

#4 Mar 24, 2008
I am posting this site to see if anyone loves Tiger Ranch & Lin Marie as much as I do? I need your help... Please write to Tiger Ranch if you would like to write a testimony stating the good she has done or send a prayer or send what ever you can that will help Lin marie & Tiger Ranch. If you have been to Tiger Ranch in the past and dropped off a cat or two and would like to help by writing your POSITIVE FEEDBACK, it would help so much with her up coming hearing.
Please send all your testimony, prayers, etc to:
Tiger Ranch/Lin Marie
PO BOX 6
Russellton, PA 15076
volunteer at Tiger Ranch

Riverdale, MD

#5 Mar 24, 2008
I am posting this site to see if anyone loves Tiger Ranch & Lin Marie as much as I do? I need your help... Please write to Tiger Ranch if you would like to write a testimony stating the good she has done or send a prayer or send what ever you can that will help Lin marie & Tiger Ranch. If you have been to Tiger Ranch in the past and dropped off a cat or two and would like to help by writing your POSITIVE FEEDBACK, it would help so much with her up coming hearing.
Please send all your testimoney, prayers, etc to:
Tiger Ranch/Lin Marie
PO BOX 6
Russellton, PA 15076
Christine DiIanni

Uniontown, PA

#6 Mar 26, 2008
Ok, gloves off. How many healthy adoptable cats were KILLED at The Center for Animal Health & Welfare (formerly Northampton County SPCA)? Tell me how many. It doesn't sound like you have ANY idea how many cats were taken to Tiger Ranch. Probably should check your facts. I've been to Tiger Ranch several times during the summer of 2007. Did the cats live in the lap of luxury? No, but they LIVE which they wouldn't had other shelters not brought the cats to Tiger Ranch. Tiger Ranch had a full inspection in July, 2006 and again in 10/07. This was purely a witch hunt on the part of one woman, Debbie.Shame shame on her. The solution in this country is to KILL healthy adoptable cats. It's done every day somewhere in this country. Lin has the right concept, spay and neuter, manage. She's got the best heart. I wish her the best.
Animalia

Pittsburgh, PA

#7 Mar 27, 2008
Christine DiIanni wrote:
Ok, gloves off. How many healthy adoptable cats were KILLED at The Center for Animal Health & Welfare (formerly Northampton County SPCA)? Tell me how many. It doesn't sound like you have ANY idea how many cats were taken to Tiger Ranch. Probably should check your facts. I've been to Tiger Ranch several times during the summer of 2007. Did the cats live in the lap of luxury? No, but they LIVE which they wouldn't had other shelters not brought the cats to Tiger Ranch. Tiger Ranch had a full inspection in July, 2006 and again in 10/07. This was purely a witch hunt on the part of one woman, Debbie.Shame shame on her. The solution in this country is to KILL healthy adoptable cats. It's done every day somewhere in this country. Lin has the right concept, spay and neuter, manage. She's got the best heart. I wish her the best.
Do you honestly think living is better than suffering? Many of the cats euthanized were suffocating to death due to the fluid in their lungs from the diseases and infections Lin Marie left untreated. Have you seen the "sick room"? Or are you yet another supporter who hasn't seen it... Have you seen the rooms full of calicivirus cats mixed in with the healthy ones? They're all in the undercover video. Many of the cats that arrived there healthy, got sick or DIED due to Linda Bruno's negligence- that which she will not even admit to. Go to youtube and search "tiger ranch undercover video" and you will see the truth about the place.
Animalia

Pittsburgh, PA

#8 Mar 27, 2008
Correction: Do you honestly think SUFFERING TO DEATH is better than Euthanasia?(It came out wrong before)
randa harvin

Devon, PA

#9 Mar 28, 2008
People, don't believe everything you hear or read. I saw nothing in the videos that anyone allowed access to any public shelter in America would not see. Any day any time. Sick and dying cats are in every large shelter. Don't you find it weird that people from Philadelphia came charging in to fix everything? And cats that were roaming free on 29 acres are now being housed in carriers? Are you kidding? The people who rushed in there took out only half as many cats as they expected to and they had not made provisions for housing them until after the raid? Then they are asking for donations of cat carriers to house these poor cats. The viruses will now spread like wildfire thanks to these "heroes" who came rushing in. No, I do not think it is at all clear that the people who are accusing this woman are doing anything different at their shelters except slaughtering cats to keep their numbers low. If I were a cat I would take Lin Marie any day over Howard Nelson, who as head of the PSPCA ordered the immediate killing of ALL pit bulls and who thinks cats need euthanasia for ear mites. Oh, yes...just two jewels from Howard Nelson's closet full of skeletons. I think a bit more skepticism is in order here, folks. It is not clear who the animal abusers are in this case.
Time for change

Fogelsville, PA

#10 Mar 28, 2008
Christine DiIanni wrote:
Ok, gloves off. How many healthy adoptable cats were KILLED at The Center for Animal Health & Welfare (formerly Northampton County SPCA)? Tell me how many. It doesn't sound like you have ANY idea how many cats were taken to Tiger Ranch. Probably should check your facts. I've been to Tiger Ranch several times during the summer of 2007. Did the cats live in the lap of luxury? No, but they LIVE which they wouldn't had other shelters not brought the cats to Tiger Ranch. Tiger Ranch had a full inspection in July, 2006 and again in 10/07. This was purely a witch hunt on the part of one woman, Debbie.Shame shame on her. The solution in this country is to KILL healthy adoptable cats. It's done every day somewhere in this country. Lin has the right concept, spay and neuter, manage. She's got the best heart. I wish her the best.
The Center for Anuimal Health and Welfare is a no kill shelter, as far as I know. At least they were when they operated under Northampton County SPCA. Why would they kill healthy, adoptable cats? Have you ever been there? I have a few times. I even adopted a cat from them. Another relative adopted 3 kittens. As for what was going on at this Tiger Ranch place, I'm glad someone brought the truth to light.
Mrs Smith

United States

#11 Mar 28, 2008
I do not know what was in the mind of Ms. Bruno. I do think she was over extending herself to make up for the Ignorant owners behind all those cats. When you buy an animal, buy one animal. Expect sickness, expect that someday this animal will not be as cute as it was when it was young. Neither are you for that matter. When it unrinates on the floor , look into the matter. Do not dump it, give it away under the rues of "we do not have the money or it is ruining the carpeting." Look into wood floors. If you use these excuses, I feel bad for your children and your mother. This is a life, the same as yours. My wish for you is that one day you will be judged as Ms. Bruno is being judged now and that you may be treated as you have treated another life.
Herdingcats

Park Ridge, NJ

#12 Mar 31, 2008
I do not want to repeat all the arguements; just believe that hospice is a better word for Tiger Ranch.
Yes, many of us went there with sick and dying cats. Many with aids, would live for years.

However, what was perpetrated by the execution of that warrant was the most disgusting, vicious example of witch-hunting.
Is there ANY doubt left that the warrant was fueled by the ANIMAL COPS contract?
Folks, while we are judging here, lets subpoena all the correspondence, e-mails, phone records, etc between Howard Nelson and the proiducers and directors of the Discovery Channels programming.
Lets hear all about how the ny ASPCA was called in, with their experts to judge.
Lets hear all about the media and press tht was on alert, and the people in Long Island running their mouths about what they knew was gouing to happen.
This reeks of a set-up.
You know what the truth is?
Howard Nelson, and his search warrant execution perpetrated more cruelty and suffering on March 17 and the following days than Lin Marie ever did.
WE all know you traumatize ferals by trapping them.
Can you bewlieve what was done to them?
Thjere is no good reason why LAW Enforcement could not secure the premise and set up a triage on site. Instead they trapped, shoved, broke bones terrorized and then moved animals to a formerly closed "shelter" two hours away.
This is Humane Treatment?
NO, and of course, just like in any prisoner of war camp, these animals willall die off., and Nelson will lay the blame of his ill-advised and
horrific media event at the feet of Lin Marie.
If there was abuse at Tiger Ranch, it was truely that of lack of full care, but 95 percent of the animals were well and happy. Now that Animal Cops and Nelson have had their field day, only 5 percent will survive.
Oh, and just wait for all the kneee-jerk "experts spoutingh pre-planned media stories.
Nelson, the first rule of rescue is "DO NO HARM"

You should be heartily ashamed for bearing FALSE WITNESS>
Excuse me for venting, I am so sad that this will all be covered up, and as usual, the false, thieving, media hungry people will build a new show on the dead animals they helped to kill for ratings.

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#13 Apr 2, 2008
Rebecca wrote:
Lin Marie at Tiger Ranch tried to do what she could for cats. I think we all depended on hervto much!
Maybe it is a case of IGNORANCE depends on her too much?? Excuse me, but she KNEW those cats were in NEED of vet care!!! "She" on "TV" bragged about how she HAD VET care! Where was it? I sure as heck didn't see it in ANY of those videos!

If your going to defend someone, do what is RIGHT and defend the poor CATS!

Since: May 07

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#14 Apr 2, 2008
John2 wrote:
This is not a hoarding situation at all. Tiger Ranch was a business that would regularly take in hundreds of cats at a time, and hundreds would also disappear from Tiger Ranch overnight. The owner claimed she adopted them all of them out, but anyone with experience finding homes for cats knows how ridiculous that claim is. Does anyone really believe hundreds of people a week adopted a cat from Tiger Ranch on an on-going basis? Where is the documentation for all those adoptions?
The real questions are: Where did all those cats really go? Who has a need for a hundred cats at a time? Why did so many Western PA humane agents and shelters cover this up for so many years despite so many complaints, and even go so far as to notify the owner in advance of inspections? The truth is even uglier than what's become public so far.
I Totally agree with you!!
Also, what about ALL the other rescues? There were MANY from the state of GA that send her HORDS of cats!!
I guarantee you if she gets her status back...they WILL again!

Since: May 07

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#15 Apr 2, 2008
marieM wrote:
I am posting this site to see if anyone loves Tiger Ranch & Lin Marie as much as I do? I need your help... Please write to Tiger Ranch if you would like to write a testimony stating the good she has done or send a prayer or send what ever you can that will help Lin marie & Tiger Ranch. If you have been to Tiger Ranch in the past and dropped off a cat or two and would like to help by writing your POSITIVE FEEDBACK, it would help so much with her up coming hearing.
Please send all your testimony, prayers, etc to:
Tiger Ranch/Lin Marie
PO BOX 6
Russellton, PA 15076
Ma'am? Have you SEEN the videos?? Did you not KNOW that she has been under suspicion for LONGER than this ALL came about?
Support her? You want people to support her efforts in MORE deaths of cats?? The fact IS that she ACCEPTED more and more cats when she KNEW what she was doing was wrong!!! The cats weren't being cared for!! You want people to SUPPORT her??
Here's a free tip for you honey...SUPPORT the CATS!!!

Since: May 07

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#16 Apr 2, 2008
Christine DiIanni wrote:
Ok, gloves off. How many healthy adoptable cats were KILLED at The Center for Animal Health & Welfare (formerly Northampton County SPCA)? Tell me how many. It doesn't sound like you have ANY idea how many cats were taken to Tiger Ranch. Probably should check your facts. I've been to Tiger Ranch several times during the summer of 2007. Did the cats live in the lap of luxury? No, but they LIVE which they wouldn't had other shelters not brought the cats to Tiger Ranch. Tiger Ranch had a full inspection in July, 2006 and again in 10/07. This was purely a witch hunt on the part of one woman, Debbie.Shame shame on her. The solution in this country is to KILL healthy adoptable cats. It's done every day somewhere in this country. Lin has the right concept, spay and neuter, manage. She's got the best heart. I wish her the best.
Call it a "witch" hunt if you want to but from what I saw in the videos, those poor cats weren't being offered a "second" chance at life...They were sent to another HELL from which their precious little souls had come from.
Don't compliment her with the EXCLUSIVE concept of Spay/neuter! Many "deserving" organizations should be patted on the back for that!
If you want to compliment her...compliment her on "getting away with it" for as long as she did. Maybe that would suite your little "fairy tale" mind better.

Since: May 07

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#17 Apr 2, 2008
Animalia wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you honestly think living is better than suffering? Many of the cats euthanized were suffocating to death due to the fluid in their lungs from the diseases and infections Lin Marie left untreated. Have you seen the "sick room"? Or are you yet another supporter who hasn't seen it... Have you seen the rooms full of calicivirus cats mixed in with the healthy ones? They're all in the undercover video. Many of the cats that arrived there healthy, got sick or DIED due to Linda Bruno's negligence- that which she will not even admit to. Go to youtube and search "tiger ranch undercover video" and you will see the truth about the place.
I couldn't have said it better!!! Also..check out the "Best Friends" network and some of the comments made by folk around her area WAAYYYY before this all came down!!

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#18 Apr 2, 2008
Animalia wrote:
Correction: Do you honestly think SUFFERING TO DEATH is better than Euthanasia?(It came out wrong before)
I got what you meant Animalia...Too bad others that defend her actions don't!!!

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#19 Apr 2, 2008
Time for change wrote:
<quoted text>The Center for Anuimal Health and Welfare is a no kill shelter, as far as I know. At least they were when they operated under Northampton County SPCA. Why would they kill healthy, adoptable cats? Have you ever been there? I have a few times. I even adopted a cat from them. Another relative adopted 3 kittens. As for what was going on at this Tiger Ranch place, I'm glad someone brought the truth to light.
I am too because it is obvious it went on too long!!
My point is...how many kittens/cats were actually "healthy" before she got her hands on them? No one will ever know.

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#20 Apr 2, 2008
Herdingcats wrote:
I do not want to repeat all the arguements; just believe that hospice is a better word for Tiger Ranch.
Yes, many of us went there with sick and dying cats. Many with aids, would live for years.
However, what was perpetrated by the execution of that warrant was the most disgusting, vicious example of witch-hunting.
Is there ANY doubt left that the warrant was fueled by the ANIMAL COPS contract?
Folks, while we are judging here, lets subpoena all the correspondence, e-mails, phone records, etc between Howard Nelson and the proiducers and directors of the Discovery Channels programming.
Lets hear all about how the ny ASPCA was called in, with their experts to judge.
Lets hear all about the media and press tht was on alert, and the people in Long Island running their mouths about what they knew was gouing to happen.
This reeks of a set-up.
You know what the truth is?
Howard Nelson, and his search warrant execution perpetrated more cruelty and suffering on March 17 and the following days than Lin Marie ever did.
WE all know you traumatize ferals by trapping them.
Can you bewlieve what was done to them?
Thjere is no good reason why LAW Enforcement could not secure the premise and set up a triage on site. Instead they trapped, shoved, broke bones terrorized and then moved animals to a formerly closed "shelter" two hours away.
This is Humane Treatment?
NO, and of course, just like in any prisoner of war camp, these animals willall die off., and Nelson will lay the blame of his ill-advised and
horrific media event at the feet of Lin Marie.
If there was abuse at Tiger Ranch, it was truely that of lack of full care, but 95 percent of the animals were well and happy. Now that Animal Cops and Nelson have had their field day, only 5 percent will survive.
Oh, and just wait for all the kneee-jerk "experts spoutingh pre-planned media stories.
Nelson, the first rule of rescue is "DO NO HARM"
You should be heartily ashamed for bearing FALSE WITNESS>
Excuse me for venting, I am so sad that this will all be covered up, and as usual, the false, thieving, media hungry people will build a new show on the dead animals they helped to kill for ratings.
WOW! For someone NOT wanting to repeat all the arguments..you SURE did!!
Hospice offers love and comfort during the last weeks/days/hours of life. PLEASE don't compare this woman to HOSPICE! Shame on you for trying to!
Look at the videos honey...did those poor precious cats look like they were receiving comfort and care in their dying hours?

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