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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amy

Saegertown, PA

#21 Apr 3, 2008
I have 7 cats of my own and just don't know how someone could do this!!!! They are a part of my family, not just an animal!!!!! I know when my cats are sick, so what do you do with them? TAKE THEM TO THE VET!!!!! What she did was wrong!! I am going to the Clarion shelter this weekend to give them some of the items they need!! I would like to know why she kept the dead cats in freezers? Yeah its winter, but what does that got to do with it!!! That would not stop me from burying them!!! That is just sick!!!!!!!! If you can't take care of them, don't take them in!!! This is why they should be fixed, before they start having all these kittens that no one wants!!!
lynnette

Houston, TX

#22 Apr 3, 2008
Good News for all supporters of Tiger Ranch. All charges against Linda were dismissed today!!
Lynnette in DE
Over the Mountain

Fogelsville, PA

#23 Apr 3, 2008
lynnette wrote:
Good News for all supporters of Tiger Ranch. All charges against Linda were dismissed today!!
Lynnette in DE
Please post your source, so others can verify it.

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#24 Apr 3, 2008
amy wrote:
I have 7 cats of my own and just don't know how someone could do this!!!! They are a part of my family, not just an animal!!!!! I know when my cats are sick, so what do you do with them? TAKE THEM TO THE VET!!!!! What she did was wrong!! I am going to the Clarion shelter this weekend to give them some of the items they need!! I would like to know why she kept the dead cats in freezers? Yeah its winter, but what does that got to do with it!!! That would not stop me from burying them!!! That is just sick!!!!!!!! If you can't take care of them, don't take them in!!! This is why they should be fixed, before they start having all these kittens that no one wants!!!
Good for you to want to help!!

What I don't understand about the cats in the freezers is this...If she had all this vet care for the cats, then why didn't she have them cremated? I'm sure a vet would have cut costs for her considering all the dead one's she had. I mean, she's claiming they were all under vet care right? The vet should have known how sick the cats were if there were THAT many cats in the freezer plus ones dying in rooms!

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#25 Apr 3, 2008
lynnette wrote:
Good News for all supporters of Tiger Ranch. All charges against Linda were dismissed today!!
Lynnette in DE
Good news?? For who?? Certainly not ANY animal she comes near!!!

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#26 Apr 3, 2008
Over the Mountain wrote:
<quoted text>Please post your source, so others can verify it.
Great idea...
Queen Heart

Kunkletown, PA

#28 Apr 8, 2008
Charges were refiled:

http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/13365/PA/US/

Charges of animal cruelty have now been re-filed against a local animal shelter owner. Linda Bruno owns the Tiger Ranch cat sanctuary in Frazer Township. She is now charged with 574 counts of cruelty to animals. Bruno was released on a non-monetary bond.

As a condition of her release, she is to have no contact with her accusers and must not have contact with, care for, or have ownership of any animals.

Bruno's preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 17.
Over the Mountain

Fogelsville, PA

#29 Apr 8, 2008
Queen Heart wrote:
Charges were refiled:
http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/13365/PA/US/
Charges of animal cruelty have now been re-filed against a local animal shelter owner. Linda Bruno owns the Tiger Ranch cat sanctuary in Frazer Township. She is now charged with 574 counts of cruelty to animals. Bruno was released on a non-monetary bond.
As a condition of her release, she is to have no contact with her accusers and must not have contact with, care for, or have ownership of any animals.
Bruno's preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 17.
I was hoping they would re-file the charges. Hopefully, they will now, have all their paperwork in order, and witnesses ready to testify as to these horrific conditions.
Queen Heart

Kunkletown, PA

#30 Apr 8, 2008
To those that state..."hospice is a better word for Tiger Ranch"?

Suggest you go & work or volunteer at a real one. Tiger Ranch was NOT a hospice. I've volunteered in hospice care and if ever I had seen conditions as those at Tiger Ranch I probably would have called the police and news reporters.

See the Tiger Ranch Undercover Video that was flagged off of YouTube by those that don't want the public to see what was really going on there:

http://uncutvideo.aol.com/videos/88df2210ce47...

http://tigerranchrescue.info/...
Queen Heart

Kunkletown, PA

#33 Apr 9, 2008
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtri...
Clarion County shelter vandalized

By Francine Garrone
VALLEY NEWS DISPATCH
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The makeshift shelter in Clarion County that is housing nearly 300 sick cats taken from Tiger Ranch in Frazer was vandalized Monday morning.

According to Howard Nelson, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania branch of the Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals, a brick was thrown through the shelter window in Shippenville.

"Fortunately, no person or animal was harmed," he said. "Terroristic acts by a group of misinformed zealots will not deter the PSPCA's mission to help these cats."

According to Nelson, the surviving 278 cats continue to receive extensive veterinary care. Currently, 75 cats are in critical condition.

Blood and tissue samples from 380 cats that were taken to the makeshift shelter tested positive for parasites and viruses, Nelson said. Many cats are suffering from upper respiratory conditions, severe muscle wasting, oral ulcers, and eyes completely occluded with dried mucus.

"The focus of the PSPCA will continue to be the care and health of the animals saved from Tiger Ranch," he said. "We will not succumb to the ludicrous claims that we removed those cats for publicity."

Opponents of the raid have noted that a crew from an Animal Planet television show accompanied the raid.
Queen Heart

Kunkletown, PA

#34 Apr 15, 2008
Comfort and Care Tiger Ranch animals were receiving in October of 2007:

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/video_leg...
IRRITATED

Custer City, PA

#35 Apr 16, 2008
You people who are crying and whining about Lin MArie should really wake up and smell the coffee!! She is being accused of animal cruelty and it's so BOGUS it's not funny! I work at a PSPCA and the things found in the video ARE the same things we see in the shelter! Especially during the winter months! So you bash her for not believing in euthanasia? That's BULL! I have news for you, it's a free world, and that was her religion. In PA its legal to take your animal out back and shoot. At least cats that got sick and she could no longer treat went out with some dignity. And SHE DID have VET care for those animals, and she HAS RECORD of it!! I was there in december, and I saw every building! YES, EVERY single building. There's nothing wrong there. WE are constantly putting down animals at the shelter just beacuse there are too many of one color, or the cats/dog looks to rough, or its been there too long, or we're too overcrowded. Do you feel that's humane? That's how Howard runs things at our shelters!! Don't any of your Nelson supporters find it funny that for 7 months of under cover work they only obtained 1 1/2 hours of video??? Come on!! Grow up!! There's so much more to this than you see! Nelson is too worried about himself, money, publicity and animal planet!!! Wisen up! They took her horses because they were supposedly emaciated! I saw them last week!! They are plump!! And for the PSPCA not agreeing with breeding, why is lin's stallion in with two mares?? You're all a bunch of raving lunatics who know nothing about anything. If you dont work at that PSPCA under the leadership of howard nelson, and havent been down to tiger ranch to see the real truth...then you dont know how things really are, so keep your mouths SHUT!
mynka_chi

Columbus, OH

#36 Apr 17, 2008
If everyone is so concerned about the welfare of these animals, why aren't you volunteering to help? Fact, Debbie Urmann was hired to help medicate the animals and separate the sick cats from the healthy. Why wasn't she doing her job.
mynka_chi

Columbus, OH

#37 Apr 17, 2008
amy wrote:
I have 7 cats of my own and just don't know how someone could do this!!!! They are a part of my family, not just an animal!!!!! I know when my cats are sick, so what do you do with them? TAKE THEM TO THE VET!!!!! What she did was wrong!! I am going to the Clarion shelter this weekend to give them some of the items they need!! I would like to know why she kept the dead cats in freezers? Yeah its winter, but what does that got to do with it!!! That would not stop me from burying them!!! That is just sick!!!!!!!! If you can't take care of them, don't take them in!!! This is why they should be fixed, before they start having all these kittens that no one wants!!!


While you are at the vet or ask your shelter, ask them what they do with their dead animals. The answer may surprise you. In PA. there are 3 legal ways to dispose of an animal. 1. cremation, Local landfill or bury them on a farm.
mynka_chi

Columbus, OH

#38 Apr 17, 2008
Entrapment007 wrote:
<quoted text>
Good for you to want to help!!
What I don't understand about the cats in the freezers is this...If she had all this vet care for the cats, then why didn't she have them cremated? I'm sure a vet would have cut costs for her considering all the dead one's she had. I mean, she's claiming they were all under vet care right? The vet should have known how sick the cats were if there were THAT many cats in the freezer plus ones dying in rooms!
There are 3 legal ways to dispose of animals; 1. cremation, 2. land fill and 3. buried on a farm. Vets will use farms to buried their animals. Also, have you tried to dig in the winter? You will find many shelter "store" their dead animals in freezers until they can be disposed of. Whose to say that all the animals in the freezer came from Tiger Ranch?
Queen Heart

Kunkletown, PA

#39 Apr 17, 2008
Don't any of your Nelson supporters find it funny that for 7 months of under cover work they only obtained 1 1/2 hours of video???

You are so incorrect with your statement:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtri...

Buffalo Township veterinarian Dr. Becky Morrow, one of the four people involved in the undercover sting, said the investigators are only able to release a hour-and-a-half of video at present.

"We have 350 pages of evidence and surveillance video," Morrow said. "The hour-and-a-half of video is public record under the (search) warrant. I can't begin to add up the amount of video we have."

To see 2 videos:

Oct. 2007
http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/video_leg...

Tiger Ranch Undercover Video 3-12-08
http://video.aol.com/video-detail/tiger-ranch...
Queen Heart

Kunkletown, PA

#40 Apr 17, 2008
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtri...

Investigator:'Horrible suffering'

While Bruno had her army of supporters, Mike Winikoff, a former undercover investigator for DeRose's Last Chance for Animals, said in a written statement that he found "horrible suffering" among the cats at Tiger Ranch.

"I was working for Last Chance for Animals when the initial complaints about Tiger Ranch came in to the office," Winikoff said in the statement. He conducted a preliminary investigation.

"I concluded that there was evidence of horrible suffering at Tiger Ranch, and requested authorization to conduct a more thorough investigation. My request was approved, but then abruptly withdrawn.

"I've never fully understood why LCA pulled me off of that investigation," he said. "After I left LCA, I continued to look into Tiger Ranch and became more and more convinced that the allegations were valid.

"As a 20-year veteran of the animal rights movement, including a decade as an undercover investigator, I remain convinced that Tiger Ranch deserved to be closed and investigated for animal cruelty.

"I believe that our mission as animal advocates is to prevent and alleviate suffering wherever it occurs, even when the suffering is created by those who may be trying to do good things for animals.

"I do not believe that good intentions absolve us of the consequences of our actions. That applies both to Tiger Ranch and the people who dumped cats there without fully investigating their likely fate."
Queen Heart

Kunkletown, PA

#41 Apr 17, 2008
Also see the following links to see the wonderful care the animals received at Tiger Ranch:

http://tigerranchrescue.info
http://www.pspca.org/news
Herdingcats

Park Ridge, NJ

#44 Apr 17, 2008
I have to apologize if my comments a few days ago were inflammatory, but let me state this for the record...Nelson says that this is the worst case of abuse he has ever seen....
For such a experienced gentleman, he never stood ankle deep in feces, picking up dead kittens from a true hoarders home..never picked up the severed limbs of a bait puppy or kitten ripped apart by Pit bull trainers?
If he had all this experience with real hands on, he NEVER would have made that statement.' I don't know what its like in PA, but inner city and rural NY have some pretty tough places.. The back rooms of CACC are full of horrors, in spite of everyone's best efforts..( and they really work hard there)

So are most real shelters full of horrors,, despite the good face we put on them...Those of you crying about conditions at Tiger...Why DIDN"T you do something!!
and for the record, I am talking to way too many people who did not see those conditions day in and day out..
Every shelter has a dead room, and a freezer, or worse..a gas chamber,(yes, until 2 years ago, we had one up close and in your face)
and half cremated bodies..Lets be really up front here..
Whether Lin Marie is guilty of charges of abuse, it was not deliberate...Nor do I believe her to be a "classic hoarding case"...
I don't know where you all get your experts from...But I've spent months getting the "classic" types to let me take a kitten or hurt cat from them...Its tedious, frustrating, smelly, ugly and expensive work, just to save a few cats or dogs, and the minute you turn around, they have more..

Don't you wonder with all the horror in Puppy and kitten mills in the same county, they went after Tiger?

Please take a good look at the vitrolic speeches made by the College professors and Urman, etc.
THose ladies have some issues of their own..Pretty much the "I am a higher authority, and if you don't do as I say, I will destroy you" type
..Would you like to have them in judgement of you when you missed a day scooping the litter box?

Please be realistic about this case...


There is another agenda here, and it is not the animals, it is media, ratings and plain old commerce.

Holding all the Animals hostage is a typical legal maneuver.
Lets just say, "if you want the rest of them to live, you better plead out now" type of strategy...

Otherwise, there would have to be a serious amount of reparation, wouldn't there?

What it comes down to now,after all these deaths
that took place outside the ranch is, who will charge the PSPCA with animal abuse for their actions?
mynka_chi

Columbus, OH

#45 Apr 21, 2008
IRRITATED wrote:
You people who are crying and whining about Lin MArie should really wake up and smell the coffee!! She is being accused of animal cruelty and it's so BOGUS it's not funny! I work at a PSPCA and the things found in the video ARE the same things we see in the shelter! Especially during the winter months! So you bash her for not believing in euthanasia? That's BULL! I have news for you, it's a free world, and that was her religion. In PA its legal to take your animal out back and shoot. At least cats that got sick and she could no longer treat went out with some dignity. And SHE DID have VET care for those animals, and she HAS RECORD of it!! I was there in december, and I saw every building! YES, EVERY single building. There's nothing wrong there. WE are constantly putting down animals at the shelter just beacuse there are too many of one color, or the cats/dog looks to rough, or its been there too long, or we're too overcrowded. Do you feel that's humane? That's how Howard runs things at our shelters!! Don't any of your Nelson supporters find it funny that for 7 months of under cover work they only obtained 1 1/2 hours of video??? Come on!! Grow up!! There's so much more to this than you see! Nelson is too worried about himself, money, publicity and animal planet!!! Wisen up! They took her horses because they were supposedly emaciated! I saw them last week!! They are plump!! And for the PSPCA not agreeing with breeding, why is lin's stallion in with two mares?? You're all a bunch of raving lunatics who know nothing about anything. If you dont work at that PSPCA under the leadership of howard nelson, and havent been down to tiger ranch to see the real truth...then you dont know how things really are, so keep your mouths SHUT!
I agree with you. I've been going there every month with cats from our shelter. I have never seen anything that even suggested abuse or cruelty. I've even taken cats there one had an eye tumor. I saw the cat in Feb. The vet had removed the eye and she was very healthy. I have even helped Lin clean her buildings. She didn't mop the floors just once but twice. The second time was with very hot water and bleach. If everyone is so concerned about animal welfare, why aren't they volunteering to help.

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