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post #31 of 37
Hi: I'm new here as of today. I put in a search of Tiger Ranch and connected to this thread. I had a similar problem as Jen and had been told about Tiger Ranch. I had a stray who had been hanging around for years. He's not friendly but would sit outside on my deck waiting for me to feed him. He'd be gone for months at a time and then come back every day for months. At the end of this January he was around but wasn't eating. I had a box and a doghouse outside for him and found him in the doghouse one day looking very sick. I assumed he had some disease and was just going to let him go...he didn't seem to be suffering too much and I felt it would be more torment on him to try to trap him. He moved to the box on my deck and when I came home at lunch one day he got out of the box and walked around and went back into the box. That's when I noticed that his back leg was in terrible shape. It was swollen and was just hanging there. It was almost like he wanted to show me what was wrong. He was so weak I was able to get him into a box and take him to the vet. He tested positive for FIV and and they found he had an abcess. They didn't really give him much hope because he didn't respond to the antibiotic the first day. I told them to try one more day and he started coming around. I took him home and put him in my basement. I have four indoor cats so I had to keep them away. He
started getting better and would want me to pet him. I thought he'd start becoming friendly and I was going to try to find him a one cat home. As time went on and he got better he started getting unsocial. He'd hiss at me and try to scratch and hide in a box I had for him. I thought he was sick but he's just unhappy and I guess seimi ferral. I was going to get him neutered and release him but my vet was against it. My concern was that he would be weak and would get attacked again and end up dying in misery out there. I was still torn about putting him down. They gave me a tranquilizer to put in his food so I could take him in but he wouldn't eat the food. I talked to people I know that deal with a cat shelter in this area and told them my problem. They knew about Tiger Ranch. I was thrilled when they said I could take him there. But it's been a few weeks and the people I know who were going to take him haven't got back to me. The cat has been in my basement since January 31st and I needed to make a decision about him. He's very unhappy there and it's no way for him to live. I was actually up all night last night worrying about what I'm going to do. I decided that I better make the call on my own to Tiger Ranch and found this thread on this message board. It gave me hope again that the cat will have a place to go and saw how quickly you were able to get the cat in. I thought there might be a long waiting list. I called but need to call back tonight because Lin was on her way to work. I just wanted to thank you people for this message board and for this thread. It gave me the encouragement that I needed!! I'll keep you informed about how it goes. Thank You again!!!
post #32 of 37
I'd love to help do something for Tiger Ranch! I'm in the area too! It looks to be only 30 minutes from Pittsburgh.

Do they have a website? What do they need? I just donated a lot of Puppy's old things to the Humane Society, but I'm sure we'll have more.
post #33 of 37
I was told that Tiger Ranch could always use food and litter donations. The person from my area who was going to help me get my stray there is taking him this week. He said he's taking food and litter with him..that he's taken it in the past also. I plan on sending some with him to repay them somehow for their kindness in helping me with the FIV positive stray, who if it wasn't for them would have to be put down. I had talked to Lin and asked if they use any special brand of food and she said they didn't.
post #34 of 37
Tiger Ranch in PA Raided: ‘Death camp’ for cats found near Pittsburgh


More Info on this at:


‘Death camp’ for cats found near Pittsburgh
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA - 25 minutes ago
Humane officers said the owner, Linda M. Bruno, would be charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty. Bruno was at the site when the raid started


Posted on Thu, Mar. 13, 2008

‘Death camp’ for cats found near Pittsburgh
By Amy Worden
Humane agents raided a property north of Pittsburgh tonight, finding hundreds of dead and dying cats in what may be the largest animal seizure in Pennsylvania history.
Howard Nelson, director of the Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania SPCA, which orchestrated the raid, said as many as 1,000 cats could ultimately be removed from Tiger Ranch, located in Tarentum, about 20 miles from Pittsburgh.
"It's a death camp," said Nelson, speaking by cell phone as he helped gather emaciated and diseased cats crammed into trailers and other outbuildings across the 30-acre property. "I see cats that can't walk, and dead cats in litter boxes and lying by food bowls."
Nelson said many of the cats have severe respiratory illnesses and others are infected with diseases that cause blindness.
A team of more than 100 people, including law enforcement officers, humane agents, veterinarians and volunteers, entered the property about 7:15 p.m., Nelson said.
What they found stunned even veteran humane agents.
"The vast number of animals and the degree of neglect is astounding," said Reba McDonald, a humane officer with the SPCA.
The raid was expected to last all night and into tomorrow as agents worked to trap the cats and deliver them to medical teams for assistance.
An emergency shelter was set up at the Clarion County SPCA to handle the vast number of animals.
Humane officers said the owner, Linda M. Bruno, would be charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.
Bruno was at the site when the raid started and was being questioned late tonight by state police troopers, Nelson said.
Nelson, speaking 90 minutes after the raid began, said Bruno was already facing 13 counts of cruelty connected to the first 17 cats seized.
Tiger Ranch - which, on its Web site, www.tigerranch.org, bills itself as "a cat sanctuary where mercy triumphs" - took in thousands of stray and unwanted cats a year from individuals and high-kill shelters from nine states.
But Nelson called it "a classic hoarding situation."
Postings on Internet message boards suggest that rescues from as far away as Georgia shipped cats to Tiger Ranch and that Philadelphia rescues also sent cats there.
Contact staff writer Amy Worden at 717-783-2584 or aworden@phillynews.com.
post #35 of 37
oh no...i saw this story on the news this morning.
this is heartbreaking...
post #36 of 37
I just saw this post on the ASPCA Website and was doing a search for Tiger Ranch to find out more information because I believe I may have dealt with them before, I really think you should read the article, here's the link as well as the text portions of the article, feel free to contact me anytime.




2008 Press ReleasesHundreds of Cats Rescued by Pennsylvania SPCA, ASPCA In Anti-Cruelty Raid of Record Size

Owner of Ranch†Arrested, Charged With Multiple Counts of Animal Cruelty

ASPCA Media Contact

NEW YORK, March 14, 2008—In one of the largest anti-cruelty raids of recent times, more than 600 cats living in squalor are being removed from the property known as the “Tiger Ranch Cat Sanctuary†in Tarentum, Pa. by a team of 120 animal welfare experts from the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) and the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).

The cats were living in filthy conditions in multiple buildings, including a single-family home, at 160 Miller Drive, a 28-acre property about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The owner, Linn Marie, 45, was arrested and has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

“This is by far the worst case we’ve ever encountered,†said Howard Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of the PSPCA. “Our primary concern is to get these poor animals the care and treatment they so desperately need.â€

About 175 cats, some running loose, others inside fenced areas and still others inside buildings, were removed Thursday night, and at least 400 more are expected to be removed today. In addition, several dogs have been seized. “We also found other animals, including chickens, a goat, and horses forced to stand in their own waste, and will remove them as well,†said George Bengal, Director of Law Enforcement for the PSPCA. Dead cats were also discovered, some in freezers inside the home, others in mass graves and still others in plain view.

To assist in the triage of the seized animals, the ASPCA is providing three fully equipped mobile veterinary clinics for use during the raid, one of which is also the nation’s first-ever “Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit,†a specially-designed vehicle outfitted with state-of-the-art forensics tools as well as medical equipment tailored for animal patients. “I’m extremely proud we have been able to assist the PSPCA in this extraordinary undertaking,†said Ed Sayres, president & CEO of the ASPCA. The ASPCA team includes three veterinarians who specialize in forensics (one of whom is the country’s only “animal CSIâ€); humane law enforcement; and disaster response, as well as 10 additional staff to assist in the seizure.

According to Dr. Melinda Merck, a forensic veterinarian for the ASPCA, the cats, ranging in age from three to four months to seven years, suffer from a host of ailments, including upper respiratory conditions, skin wounds, abscesses, dehydration, malnutrition, dental problems, eye and bladder infections, “and a host of other medical conditions that could have been resolved with proper husbandry,†she said.

“The overcrowding and unsanitary conditions, flea and parasite infestation, as well as the stress of competing for food and coping with untreated illnesses, has resulted in severe conditions,†said Dr. Merck. She added that the majority of the cats seem friendly and well-socialized. “Many of them came running up to us when we arrived. So far, a handful of the cats have had to be euthanized, but every effort is being made to treat those that we think can be saved.â€

Officials believe the cats came from a variety of sources from all over the United States. They are being transferred to the Clarion County Humane Society in Shippenville, Pa., where they will be treated by veterinarians and possibly be made available for adoption in the near future.

The Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) obtained a warrant on Thursday, March 13, from the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office to search the property. Tarentum is a borough in Allegheny County, 22 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, on the Allegheny River.

Tiger Ranch is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization registered to Linn Marie, and has been in operation since 1994. Its mission, as listed on its website, http://www.tigerranch.org/, is “to provide a sanctuary (safe haven) for abandoned, abused, neglected, unwanted friendly and feral cats; a viable alternative to euthanasia.†However, the Web site lists no address or contact information.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.
post #37 of 37
Thread Starter 
Thank you for bringing this up yet again. There is a whole thread about it. Maybe someone should go thru and delete ALL the Tiger Ranch threads. I am not going to start this discussion over and this thread is like 2 years old.
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