11 different exotic animals were destroyed at Lion's Gate Animal Sanctuary in Agate, Colorado.

There are varying opinions as to why five bears, three lions, and three tigers were put down. The sanctuary claims the decision was made because the Elbert County's Planning Commission denied the animal facilities permission to move to another location because of flooding issues.

A spokesperson for the county stated that they were never informed about the possibility of euthanization of the animals regardless of their decision. They were told that operations would continue as normal even with the denial of their request.

The planning commission refused to let the sanctuary move to a different location because it was a more populated area and did not feel it as a safe location.

Reports are that at least two other Colorado sanctuaries had reached out and offered to take the 11 animals in.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department have a released a statement stating that they are aware of the incident, however, no regulations were violated.

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