LEE, Fla. -- Officials in the Florida Panhandle say they've removed hundreds of cats crowded in unsanitary conditions at a sanctuary.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Monday its working with the Madison County Sheriff's Office to remove the cats from the Caboodle Ranch in Lee.
Officials say their investigation stemmed from complaints received from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA says it conducted a five-month investigation of the sanctuary. A search warrant was issued Monday. The sanctuary's founder was arrested and faces multiple animal cruelty charges.
ASPCA officials say the sanctuary had no adoption program and didn't manage its population of cats. ASPCA said it would provide the cats with shelter and medical care.
Lee is about 60 miles east of Tallahassee.