Cats 'Stored' in Hoarder's Warehouse Need Your Help!

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Posted February 24, 2011 by peta2 staff

Update: After receiving evidence from PETA’s six-month undercover investigation at Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary, Judge Bradley Mayers ordered the removal of all animals from the facility. Roughly 240 cats and an arthritic dog were seized from Elizabeth Owen by order of a Horry County judge. But after Owen’s attorney told the judge that 30 cats and the dog were Owen’s “personal pets,” the judge agreed to have those unfortunate animals returned to Owen’s custody.

Roughly half the cats who were seized were put out of their misery because of conditions such as anal maggots, herpes, ringworm, tumors, seizures, multiple abdominal abscesses, cracked and bloody paw pads, severe gum disease and missing teeth, and more—all things that cause pain and discomfort and none of which happen overnight. These cats had long been languishing with no quality of life. For them, death was release from a bad life of confinement, stress, and pain.

The 101 cats who remain in the county’s temporary shelter facility are also sick. The county is providing veterinary care for them. For more details, click here. More information regarding these new developments will be made available in the coming days.

Some 300 cats are suffering in filthy wire cages stacked inside dark, unventilated, ammonia-filled storage units at the grotesquely misnamed Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary (SVAS) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. PETA has submitted a formal complaint to the local prosecutor and is calling for the cats to be seized immediately.

PETA’s undercover investigator recorded systematic, severe, and often fatal neglect of cats at SVAS, where some cats have lived in these miserable conditions for years. Our findings include evidence that SVAS owner and operator Elizabeth Owen knowingly deprives severely sick, injured, and suffering cats of veterinary attention for conditions including advanced upper respiratory infections, conjunctivitis, seizures, diabetes, gaping and infected wounds, torn ligaments, internal and external parasites, and painful dental conditions—and the list goes on and on. She even refused offers of free emergency care for dying cats. Owen was charged with violating the local animal care and treatment ordinance in September, but the case has been continued four times since, leaving the cats to suffer day in and day out.


Owen says that Olaf–who is missing most of one eye and has an unsutured, irritated wound–has ‘always looked like hell’ but admits to having never taken the cat to a veterinarian.
Please take a moment to e-mail Horry County prosecutor Greg Hembree and politely ask him to pursue the seizure of all cats from SVAS and to file cruelty-to-animals charges against Elizabeth Owen.

Just keepin’ it real,
Sunny
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  • 1536 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Why,do people that?They got no respect for beautiful
    animals ,they should be them self in a cave

  • 1542 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I can’t believe that judge let her keep her personal pets! Seriously???? What makes that judge think she can take care of those animals???

    Owens does not deserve any animals!! Seriously??

  • 1543 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That womam, Owen, is absolutley DISGUSTING. She doesn’t deserve jail. She deserves worse.

  • 1543 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    God be with Whitey, Merril, Bubbles, and every other cat in that facility who can’t escape that Hell on Earth… She knows that the animals need help, and she has been offered FREE VETERINARY CARE… She just doesn’t care because she doesn’t want to look bad. Umm, HELLO??!! Maybe if she used some common sense and began to actually take care of the cats, maybe she could be redeemed a little bit.
    I hope she gets those cats taken away… She’s cruel…

  • 1544 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That is just SICK.
    I really hope that the Peta workers can help them… I wish them luck! :)
    That woman just got first class tickets to hell.

  • 1545 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This treatment of animals is unconsionable. Some organizations realize that shelter and sanctuary don’t mean wharehousing and neglect, and they are ahead of their time.

  • 1546 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    DDD:!!!
    Who would do this?! D:
    We MUST stop this!:(

  • 1546 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    All I have to say is consider what you would feel like living in these conditions, and consider your children or someone else you love living in these conditions. It’s absolutely inhumane and sickening.

  • 1548 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Wow this is just stupidity. If I were to treat humans like they treat these poor animals that cant defend themselves, they wouldn’t like it. Let’s do it to them and see if they change their opinion about the beautiful animals in this world.

  • 1548 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    For every cat Owen has let die a horrible slow death, the more misfortune she brings upon herself.
    I hope she gets her own life together, vanquishes the negativity from her soul, and does the world a favour by never touching a living creature again.

  • fpb

    1550 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i agree how can people exist that can do things like this
    it is horrible, cage people not animals

  • 1550 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This woman is disgusting. She deserves to go to jail. There is no way that this is legal. Hoarding is one thing, but when you hoard living creatures that feel pain and deny them relief of that pain, you are evil. I hope you know that Owen.

  • 1550 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    stop this, please!!!

  • 1550 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Ohhh gosh I can+t believe people like this even exist!!!

  • 1550 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    come on they have to get them to stop doing this!!!! it is so cruel!!

  • 1550 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Stop torturing cats!

  • 1550 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Just love, NO KILL!

  • 1550 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Poor kitties. That woman is a monster. Lock Owen up and throw away the key.

  • 1550 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Is this why they bring them into this world, damn hoarders!

  • 1550 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ok first of all this shiz is sooooo STUPID !!!! i wish i could sue these people and alicia V is so right ,how could people just sit there staring at these poor creatures we need to end this !!!

  • 1550 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    these poor kitties how can she see them like that and not help. this woman has mental issues with her hoarding behavior and thats her problem but now shes hurting these kitties there is no way that this is a sanctuary. ah! i can’t write to greg the link isn’t working for me.

  • 1551 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I don’t know how someone could just sit around staring at these sick cats, & yet feel no guilt for not taking them to a vet. That is sickening.

  • 1551 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I can’t believe that someone could be so heartless as to do this. I mean, just looking at their adorable faces and knowing what is happening to them is making a lump in my throat. :( It’s so depressing, no one should ever EVER do this to animals. Especially for cats who are, for the most part, helpless.

  • 1552 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    what in the world is wrong with these plp?!!!! y would they ever do this?

  • 1553 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    dude! really? thats so sad! Those poor kitties :(

  • 1555 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Sacred? Beep! beep! oh sorry that was my bull…. alarm. These cats deserve better. poor kittehs! :(

  • 1555 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    a “No-Kill” place? “NO-KILL”!? these cats are dieing on the inside AND the outside!

  • 1555 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Ewww! Thats gross, it reminds of me of those horrible egg-laying facilities. And they call themselves “Sacred Vision” Sacred, yeah right!

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