A total of eleven animals were euthanized at an animal sanctuary in Colorado, and the reasons why it happened have become a controversial issue.
The owners of the Lion’s Gate Sanctuary are blaming the Elbert County Board of Commissioners, who have stated that this “comes as a total shock” to them. Dr. Joan Laub and Peter Winner had requested to move the sanctuary to a new location because of a flooding issue at the current facility. Once the request was denied at a public hearing on April 12, the sanctuary felt they “had no other choice” but to humanely euthanize the five bears, three lions and three tigers.
The county denied the request due to safety concerns at the proposed new location, which is a “substantially more populated and developed area.”
Commissioner Chris Richardson said in a statement, “The most important consideration in this land use issue was ensuring the safety of the many citizens residing in the vicinity of the proposed relocation site. We would have loved to have seen these animals be allowed to live out their lives at the Elbert County location that had been their home for more than a decade.”
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