All the animals in a Colorado animal sanctuary were euthanized by the owners after the government forced their hand.
They had to get rid of three lions, three tigers and five bears in April. This was a result of a decision by the Elbert Country Board of Commissioners.
The owners, Dr. Joan Laub and Peter Winney, wanted to built a new sanctuary on a 45-acre property near Elizabether, but were denied the request to move to a new location.
Dr. Laub and Winney did not just decide to up and move, but had to because the current plot of land suffered through several floods, giving them “no other option.” The animals would not be safe unless they were allowed to move the sanctuary.
They said that they were not given a fair hearing. A statement was released where they claimed the Elbert County Commissioners “did not take our application or plight of our animals seriously.”
The owners went on to say that the Commissioners did not think about the safety of the county’s residents. “We told them it was no longer safe to keep the animals at that location and we needed to move.”
The owners of an animal sanctuary in Colorado that recently euthanized all of its animals claim they were forced to do so by the government. Owners of the Lion’s Gate Sanctuary said they had to humanely euthanize three lions, three tigers and five bears in April after the Elbert County Board of Commissioners denied their request to move to a new location. Dr. Joan Laub and her partner Peter Winney wanted to build a sanctuary on a 45-acre property near Elizabeth instead, according to The Coloradoan.
The original property had endured multiple floods and according to co-owner Laub, they felt they had “no other option” to protect the animals if they wouldn’t be allowed to move the sanctuary.
But the Keenesburg Wild Animal Sanctuary had “publicly offered to care for the animals at their facility if Lion’s Gate was unable to do so,” according to a statement released by three county commissioners. The commissioners also said that they were promised the sanctuary would continue its operations as normal, regardless of the county’s ultimate ruling. “Given these facts, the news that Lion’s Gate euthanized all 11 animals at the same time and so shortly after the decision to deny the move comes as a shock,” they said. But the owners of Lion’s Gate have fought back and argued that they did not receive a fair hearing.
“Due process was not achieved at this hearing,” they said in their own statement obtained by KCNC. “The Elbert County Commissioners did not take our application or the plight of our animals seriously. They did not take the safety of Elbert County residents seriously. We told them it was no longer safe to keep the animals at that location and we needed to move.”