Retiree Builds Sanctuary For Cats • New Details Released In Fritzl Case

Meet Craig Grant, founder of Caboodle Ranch. The 30-acre property is home to 500 unwanted felines. Using money out of his own pocket, Grant built an entire kitty-town, complete with lakefront cabins. •

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