Near the Baton Rouge location of Backyard Adventures, therenused to be a colony of feral cats. Thesencats were unsocialized and unadoptable, but a group of caring individuals managed the colony, feeding them and getting any newcomers neutered and ear-tipped. The businesses in the area welcomed the feralncats, as they served as a highly effective form of rodent control.But recently, business owners and colony caretakers noticednthat cats were disappearing at an alarming rate. Yet Animal Control had no records of cats from this area being turned in. nObviously, something very bad was happening here.Then one of the colony caretakers noticed a cat trap onnBackyard Adventuress property. Animal Control confirmed that the trap was notntheirs. They had never lent a trap tonthe people at Backyard Adventures, nor had they taken in any cats fromnthem. At this point it became clear whatnwas going on.A volunteer confronted the owner of Backyard Adventures, ChucknSaia, informing him that they knew he was responsible for the catsndisappearance. At that time, Saia openlynadmitted that he had been trapping the cats and then dumping themnelsewhere. The volunteer informed thenbusiness owner that while he would be perfectly within his rights to trap nuisance animals and send them to Animal Control, what he was doing was animalncruelty and illegal. Saia replied thatnhe didnt care if what he was doing was cruel or illegal, as long as the cats were gone.From there, things got worse. After learning that many compassionate peoplencared about the wellbeing of the colony, Chuck Saia began to take a sadisticnpleasure from taunting and thwarting the efforts of these caring individuals. On one occasion, when a caretaker arrived tonfeed the cats, Saia actually physically blocked the caretakers car in with hisnown and then proceeded to threaten her and set up a trap right in front of her. Fearing that he would soon begin poisoningnthe cats, volunteers began working to humanely and responsibly relocate thenremaining cats.As volunteers caught the few remaining cats, the story tookna sad and disturbing new turn. All ofnthe remaining cats that were trapped by volunteers turned out to be positivenfor feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which means that those previouslyntrapped and dumped by Saia were most likely FIV positive as well. In a strange and unfamiliar area, the catsnthat Saia dumped would surely find themselves fighting with other cats, possiblynincluding peoples own pets. In doingnso, they will transmit FIV to a new population of cats. In their distressed state, desperate for foodnand water, and fighting with local cats, the immune-compromised cats that Saiandumped will surely suffer an excruciating death.But as long as they arent anywhere near his business, ChucknSaia doesnt care.Sadly, Chuck Saia will almost certainly never facenjustice. While all parties involved concurnthat his acts were very cruel, the consensus seems to be that actually gettingnSaia convicted on animal cruelty charges would be nearly impossible. As yet, the business owner has not divulgednwhere he dumped the cats that he trapped, even though volunteers are desperatento intervene, both to save the dumped cats from horrible deaths as well as tonprevent them from spreading FIV. Othernlocal businesses that cared for the cats are likewise deeply upset by what hasnhappened.Chuck Saia is just one dealer of Backyard Adventuresnproducts. Volunteers also contacted BackyardnAdventures, Inc., which describes itself as A family companywith family innmind, through their Contact Us link on their website, hoping that someonenhigher up might be concerned by the actions of their Baton Rouge dealer. To date, there has been no response.In summary, when you do business with Backyard Adventures ofnLouisiana, you hand your money over to a man who has no qualms about sentencingndefenseless cats to horrible deaths and then rubbing it in the faces of decent,ncaring people. If you have a shred ofncompassion in your heart for these innocent creatures, you will take yournbusiness elsewhere.
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