FL Man wants nearly 700 Cats Returned

LEE, Fla. (AP) _ A Florida man wants nearly 700 cats removed from his cat sanctuary to be returned to his care.

An attorney says Craig Grant is seeking a permit from the Madison County Commission to upgrade the Caboodle Ranch about 60 miles east of Tallahassee.

David Collins tells The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/HeePT3 ) that his client will plead not guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges at his arraignment Tuesday.

Collins says a hearing Wednesday to determine who will care for the cats was postponed while the commission considers the permit request.

Officials say many of the cats removed in February are still being treated for various ailments. Cats that can be traced to owners who want them will be returned.

Adoptions for the rest must wait for the criminal case against Grant to conclude.