Local shelter was lax regarding 'Tige...

Local shelter was lax regarding 'Tiger Ranch'

There are 2129 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 21, 2008, titled Local shelter was lax regarding 'Tiger Ranch'. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

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.

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shesellssanctuar y

United States

#2393 Mar 28, 2012
kitkat wrote:
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Sounds like a cult to me. I mean they continued collecting cats for their leader while this case was still in court. What else could it be?
Isn't that why she was thrown in jail? Because the followers continued to collect cats and got caught. So the followers helped put her behind bars. EPIC FAIL!!!
shesellssanctuar y

United States

#2394 Mar 28, 2012
Valuable Information wrote:
Never forget that this was what really happened at Tiger Ranch cat sanctuary!
"The majority of the cats (71%) were under the age of three years old and 300 cats were found to be suffering from various degrees of malnutrition - 178 of those cats were emaciated and starving, and nearly 70% were dehydrated. 80% of the cats were found with upper respiratory infections, 73 with painfully inflamed eyes and 54 with painful mouths and tongue ulcerations. 53 cats suffered from an atypical and highly fatal Calicivirus infection (Virulent Systemic Calicivirus), that caused inflammation of blood vessels, severe swelling and wounds of the paws, and damage to internal organs, akin to the effects of Ebola virus. Rampant streptococcal diseases afflicted hundreds of felines, with 82 cats diagnosed with wounds and abscesses of the limbs and joints, over 68 cats with acute onset rhinitis (profuse amounts of pus coming out of their noses), and 51 cats who presented with spontaneously forming abscesses and wounds of their neck regions (referred to as “Feline Strangles”). Nine cats developed streptococcal meningitis when the infection destroyed the bones of their sinuses or extended via the inner ear to the brain and at least 28 cats had joints literally destroyed due to severely painful septic arthritis caused by the bacteria."
"Other reported conditions include:
• 102 cats suffering from ear infections
• 8 cats with Feline Leukemia Virus and 17 with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
• 123 cats with Dental Disease, 34 who suffered with very painful stomatitis
• Various skin disorders, including 64 cats significantly suffering from skin mites, 23 cats with fleas, and 18 cats with Ringworm
• 3 cats suffering from Skin Fragility Syndrome in which their skin was ripping off
• 11 cats suffering from the fatal condition of Feline Infectious Peritonitis
• Over 178 cats with diarrhea/enteritis, stated to be mainly associated with Giardia and endoparasites
• 5 cats with Pancreatitis
• 9 cats with kidney failure, stated to likely be secondary to strep infections
• 10 cats suffering from a rare Obstructive Inflammatory Laryngeal Disease who could not breathe due to swelling inflammatory masses forming in their airways, documented to be very rare and likely secondary to a viral infection/Calicivirus
• 2 cats with Hemangiosarcoma, a liver cancer extremely rare in cats stated to have potentially infectious risk factors
• 7 cats suffering from Mycoplasma conjunctivitis, deep corneal ulcerations, eye loss, and blindness
• 50 cats suffering from circulatory system collapse due to septic shock from either streptococcal infections or Virulent Systemic Calicivirus
• 5 cats with DIC, a fatal blood disorder
• 17 cats with reproductive diseases and pregnancies"
Never let Tiger Ranch happen again!!!
This is exactly the kind of pain and suffering that is perpetuated by a bunch of enablers and followers who can't think for themselves. They don't realize how they are being used by the hoarder. Very sad.

Oakmont, PA

#2395 Apr 23, 2012
John wrote:
I have never forgotten the horror of Tiger Ranch, and have tried repeatedly to get help for the cats, but all the humane officers I contacted did nothing. Over the years I have met many others who witnessed the same conditions and also reported Tiger Ranch. In fact, it’s been a topic of discussion in Southwestern Pennsylvania for years why no one would shut down Tiger Ranch when so many people complained about it. Clearly those same conditions existed when the PA SPCA raided Tiger Ranch last week, which means those conditions persisted for many years and thousands of cats have died there while Animal Friends, W. Pa Humane Society, and the Butler and Westmoreland County Humane Societies all looked the other way.
Who do the humane officers answer to? Do they have free reign? How can they lose their positions? I think we need someone in charge of the humane officers who can investigate them.
Very Interesting

Pittsburgh, PA

#2396 Jul 30, 2012
Interesting wrote:
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Who do the humane officers answer to? Do they have free reign? How can they lose their positions? I think we need someone in charge of the humane officers who can investigate them.
Marie was tipped off by a local humane officer before the PSPCA rescue of the Tiger Ranch cats forcing the PSPCA to move in a couple of days before they were supposed to.
Never Forget

Zelienople, PA

#2397 Nov 18, 2012
Bruno had billed her rescue as a "no-kill" shelter and "land of milk and tuna" for stray and feral cats. Word spread throughout the East Coast and as far west as Indiana that there was a safe haven in Pennsylvania for unwanted felines.

Rescue groups from Georgia to New York shipped in cats by the van load, hoping to save them from certain death in local shelters.

What happened to the cats became clear during Bruno's trial last summer.

Evidence produced then showed while more than 7,200 cats were taken in during 2006 and 2007. Only 23 cats were adopted during that time.

It also was revealed that Bruno had provided no veterinary care or spaying and neutering as she claimed she did. Allegheny County assistant district attorney Deborah Jugan said Bruno spent donation money on her own dental work, trips to the hair salon and Italian restaurants.
Never Forget

Zelienople, PA

#2398 Nov 18, 2012
"It is my fault, no doubt. I abdicate nothing. I take full responsibility." - Lin Marie
Never Forget

Zelienople, PA

#2399 Nov 26, 2012
Following the raid, Marie sold the property of Tiger Ranch to her mother to avoid the potential for the approximately $200,000 property to be included in any restitution Marie was ordered to pay. “It's still your property,” Marie's mother stated in recorded jailhouse phone conversation between the two.
Kelley S

Port Washington, NY

#2400 Mar 17, 2013
Please say a prayer for all of those poor little kitties that lost their lives at Tiger Ranch.

Uniontown, PA

#2401 Jan 28, 2014
I Was There wrote:
As someone who actually saw the cats immediately following the rescue, I can honestly say that I have never seen animals in such bad condition coming from a shelter/sanctuary. Many people worked round-the-clock to try to save these cats. And did a damn fine job considering the conditions of the animals.
The supporters of Tiger Ranch continue to ignore the words of the people who actually saw the condition of the animals and know that these cats were extremely overwhelmed with diseases. I feel so bad for the cats that were given the medical attention that should have been provided for them at Tiger Ranch, but by the time they got the medical attention they deserved, their immune systems were shot and they just couldn't fight anymore. The conditions of just some of these cats were shown during the preliminary hearing. Yet, supporters of Tiger Ranch just ignored this and continued to blindly support Lin Marie.
I also want to point out that the letter posted on the Tiger Ranch website of the employee who quit the PSPCA never once says anything positive about the condition of the cats found at Tiger Ranch on March 13. She did, however, mention getting wounded by one of the cats from Tiger Ranch and having problems determining the type of infection that she had. What does that tell you about the number of diseases that these cats had?
Finally, I will say that the state of the PSPCA does not have any bearing on the condition of the cats, that were, in my opinion, definitely suffering at Tiger Ranch. So, people can bash away at the PSPCA. But, the fact still remains that cats were suffering at Tiger Ranch. I have seen what condition these cats were in, and there is no question that charges should have been filed against the owner of this cat rescue/sanctuary. So, those of you who did not see how sick 99% of the cats were first hand can stop shooting your mouths off about things you have no knowledge of. I already know the truth. I have seen it! There is no defense, in my opinion, against what has been done to these poor cats at this rescue/sanctuary.
Great comment!

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