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What's Your Take: Cat Lover Kristy Grant vs. Volusia County?

What's Your Take: Cat Lover Kristy Grant vs. Volusia County?

A Central Florida woman has been fined $150 a day since March for having 134 cats in her home! Kitty lover, Kristy Grant, was in court Wednesday fighting to keep the animals in her self-described "animal sanctuary." Although I was first reminded of the couple with 800 dogs, the clip mentions her "front five acres" . . . so I'm thinking it's a large area where the cats reside. Watch the whole video, vote, and share your thought in the comments below.

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breagayle breagayle 8 years
Her house looks very clean, so I don't think that it is really a huge issue. However, if she is NOT adopting or selling these cats, I think something needs to be done. It is one thing to have a lot of cats because you are a breeder or want to provide shelter, but I don't think she should keep them all from birth to death.
DarlingDA DarlingDA 8 years
I just feel that someone who hoards animals might need some help. Some of the people that hoard animals have psychological problems that need to be addressed. Even if they are of sound mind, I think it is too hard for one or two people to take care of over a hundred animals. The cats are probably not getting the human socialization they need and become wild and sometimes dangerous.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I think she should adopt them out.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 8 years
My concern is does she have a plan for these animals? What if something were to happen to her? Also, why is she so stubborn that she is spending all her money on fines rather than on care for the animals? Hopefully it is not donation money...
kia kia 8 years
If they are healthy/spayed/neutered and not stinking up the place or running around and stinking up her neighbor's place then she should be fine. Is she trying to place them once they are in her "sanctuary" If she is then she is possibly altruistic, if not then she is a little off her rocker. Who needs almost 150 cats??
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I think the primary issue is the cats' quality of life. Cats aren't pack animals and it's likely that despite the peaceful video, much of their time is spent fighting with the others. I don't mean to nitpick, but she is just now putting up a fence, so I don't think she's the most pro-active cat-caretaker she could be. I also don't like the term "cat hobbyist", but that might be legal jargon for her benefit because to the court, they are just processions anyway. Ideally, all of these cats would be in homes to get the individual love they desire and deserve. Also, there's no way they're getting the medical attention they need. She can't spend the time with all of them needed to see symptoms and minor changes that are often clues to big problems. She's a good shelter, though. She could adopt them out and they'd be much happier spending the meantime there rather than in a cage.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 8 years
They seem to be well taken care of, being spayed and neutered however, does she take them all to the vet for regular vaccinations and things. Thats a lot of money and time and energy. I'm not sure what I think about this. I do think I need more information though
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
While this woman has great intentions, the cats are not getting the individual exposure to the human/feline bond that they deserve. I think it would be best FOR THE CATS if she would adopt, one or two at a time, to caring individuals or families that could provide this bond. Another consideration is the expense of caring for these cats. While they are all spayed or neutered, how is she affording basic vet care on a teacher's salary? I went through a heart-wrenching ordeal with my last Persian rescue that had undisclosed lymphoma. It cost me thousands of dollars in diagnosis and treatment. I would be willing to bet that of all of these cats, at least a handful currently need additional vet care outside of the usual once or twice per yer basic care visits. The bright spot is that it sounds as though the local laws are murky, at best, and the judge seems to be taking the matter seriously. The case has potential for an outcome that is beneficial to all.
thirtythreezero thirtythreezero 8 years
as long as they are spayed/neutered, healthy and registered according to county law and appear to be healthy, i think they should be able to stay. i really feel for this woman, because she's just trying to do what's best to help out some cats. plus, she has a 5 acre yard, so I'm not sure why this is a problem. good for Kristy, let the cats stay with her!
mnp mnp 8 years
I think the concern was that the cats weren't licensed which they should be because they are pets. And when you license these cats, they have to be spayed/neutered and since she say they are, it shouldn't be a big deal. It's too close for me to tell. The cats look healthy and all.
CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 8 years
As long as the cats are all healthy and well taken care of (which they appear to be in the video), let her have her cat sanctuary. It sounds like she has enough land that she shouldn't be a bother to the neighbors. The authorities should focus on the (far too many) people in the world who harm animals.
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