Owners at the Lion's Gate Sanctuary said they were forced to euthanize three lions, five bears, and three tigers in April after a local government in Colorado denied their request to move to a new location, Fox News reported.
The owners claimed that they were forced to euthanize the animals because it would have been better to put them down rather than have them continue to live in a facility they claimed had endured multiple floods and was no longer safe.
The decision isn't sitting well with some. According to a statement released by three county commissioners via the Keenesburg Wild Animal Sanctuary, that facility had offered to care for the animals.
The commissioners also said that they were promised that the Lion's Gate Sanctuary would continue to operate as normal no matter the county's decision.
Dr. Joan Laub and her partner Peter Winney wanted to build a new 45-acre sanctuary, but argued they were never given a fair hearing by the county.
"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.”