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Tiger Ranch Cat Shelter Owner Pleads Guilty To Cruelty

Discussion in 'Pet News' started by testmg80, Jul 14, 2009.

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    testmg80 PetForums VIP

    Jul 29, 2008
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    Hundreds Of Dead, Ill Cats Found At Linda Bruno's Sanctuary

    PITTSBURGH -- An Allegheny County woman originally facing close to 600 animal cruelty and forgery charges pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced number of counts.

    Linda Bruno is the owner of Tiger Ranch, a former so-called cat sanctuary in Frazer Township that was raided in March 2008.

    "She pled guilty, but she's a good woman," said James Davidson, a retired veterinarian whose signature Bruno was accused of forging on rabies vaccination records. "She was obsessed with the hatred of euthanasia. She couldn't say no. There was way too many cats, they kept bringing and bringing, and bringing them. And it just got out of control and it's a tragedy."

    Investigators said the conditions inside the ranch were deplorable when they raided it in March 2008.

    Amateur video obtained by Team 4 showed some of the more than 600 diseased, dying and dead cats found throughout the property and formed the basis for some of the charges against Bruno, Mayo reported.

    Video:Click here for the undercover video. Warning: contains graphic images

    Channel 4 Action News' Bob Mayo reported Bruno pleaded guilty to a dozen counts of cruelty to animals. The misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 for each count.

    "She was obsessed with the hatred of euthanasia. She couldn't say no."
    - James Davidson, Retired Veterinarian

    Bruno also pleaded guilty to 2 counts of tampering with public records. The maximum penalty for each county is 2 years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

    Mayo reported Bruno also agreed to pay $200,000 in restitution to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals.

    As part of the deal, Bruno is to have no contact and no control over animals and no animals on her property while she is on probation and while she awaits sentencing.

    "It's just a tragedy -- a good person and circumstances that produced a terrible outcome," Davidson said.

    The district attorney's office told prosecution witnesses not to talk to the media until Bruno's sentencing, which is set for Oct. 5.
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