There’s an expression about how to deal with bad situations: when you’re stuck in a hole, stop digging. It’s a concept that hasn’t been embraced by Maury Swee, president of The 10th Life Sanctuary, Inc. in Hendry County.
A couple weeks ago, a video appeared on YouTube (click here to view) showing horrible conditions inside the “sanctuary.” The video shows cats in desperate need of veterinary care (10th Life does not have a veterinarian, or vet tech, on staff), among other problems.
The video caught the attention of investigative reporter Amy Oshier from NBC Ch. 2 (Fort Myers). This week, NBC2 investigators released a two-part report looking into allegations of animal neglect at 10th Life.
In a tax return filed in April 2008, 10th Life reported caring for over 1,200 cats. During Monday night’s report (click here), Maury said that there are now 600 cats at the property. When he was asked to explain what happened to 600+ cats, Maury said the animals “passed on,” and added, “It can happen in an environment like ours.” The deaths of 600 cats in less than two years is evidence that something is seriously wrong at 10th Life.
Part two of the investigative report aired last night (click here). Maury kept on digging his hole. He spoke to the camera and admitted that he conducts “experiments and scientific research” using cats at the sanctuary. The federal Animal Welfare Act requires that facilities using live cats in research must register with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 10th Life is not a licensed research facility. ARFF has contacted the USDA demanding immediate enforcement action against 10th Life.
Please contact NBC Ch. 2 and thank them for the excellent reporting by the NBC2 Investigators.
Phone: (239) 939-2020