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Wisconsin Animal Sanctuary Raid:
ASPCA Rescues Over 300 Animals!
On Tuesday morning, May 19, the ASPCA was on hand in Cazenovia, WI, to assist in
the raid of an animal sanctuary, the Thyme and Sage Ranch. The ASPCA Forensic
Cruelty Investigation and Disaster Response teams, as well as our Mobile Crime
Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit, are currently working alongside the Richland
County Sheriff’s Department to collect evidence and evaluate the animals found
at the site.
“We are just starting to scratch the surface of what appears to be a horrendous
situation,” says ASPCA Disaster Response Team member Sandy Monterose.
Since 2007, the ranch has held the animal control contract for Richland County,
WI, and acted as the county’s animal shelter. The ASPCA became involved in the
raid at the request of the Richland County District Attorney and Dane County Humane
Society, which began investigating the Thyme and Sage Ranch because of public
As of now, animals continue to be examined both on the scene and in the ASPCA Mobile
Unfortunately, our work is far from over. While these animals are finally receiving
the care they need and deserve, there are still countless others who need our help.
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Wisconsin Rescue Update: Sanctuary Owner Charged
On Thursday, May 21, Jennifer Petkus, founder of the Thyme and Sage Ranch—a sanctuary
once entrusted to care for homeless animals in Richland County, WI—was charged with 11
counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and five forfeitures after nearly 400 animals were
seized from her property. The charges include improper shelter and the mistreatment of
animals by intent or negligence.
“The ASPCA Forensics Investigation Team is now beginning to evaluate the evidence they
collected from the scene,” says Jeff Eyre, the ASPCA Director of Field Operations and
lead investigator on the case. “This includes documentation of the injuries to the
animals seized, causes of death and a review of sales, adoption and medical records.
All evidence will then be turned over to Richland County authorities to aid in the
prosecution of Petkus.”
Animal welfare organizations, in conjunction with the Dane County Humane Society,
are currently housing many of the animals seized from the ranch. They include 315
dogs, 21 rabbits, 14 birds, two chinchillas, one cat, one ferret and one rooster.
23 horses also seized from the property are being housed at a Wisconsin horse rescue.
Many of the animals are suffering from skin, eye and ear conditions, malnutrition and
various internal infections.
Despite numerous attempts to have Petkus sign the seized animals over to authorities,
so far she refuses to relinquish ownership. By law, the Dane County Humane Society
cannot place any animals up for adoption until Petkus surrenders them or a judge
mandates their release.
Petkus is currently free on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court today,
May 29, at 1:00 P.M.