Director Discusses Saftey at Animal Sanctuary in Kansas

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The operator of an animal sanctuary in Louisburg, Kansas is talking at the situation in Ohio. He says law enforcement had no choice but to shoot and kill. A lot of people are wondering why they couldn’t tranquilize the animals especially when so many were rare big cats.

Cedar Cove is home to 26 exotic animals including seven Siberian tigers, a pair of lions, an African snow leopard and three gray wolves.

“They’re used to humans, they’re acclimated to humans, they rely on humans for their care,” said Steve Klein with Cedar Cove. “If these animals get loose, they’re not trained, their not effective hunters, the first thing they’re going to do is look for a human.”

Steve Klein is board president at Cedar Cove. He says law enforcement was left with no option but to kill the exotic animals is Ohio after they were left loose by their suicidal owner.

“Tranquilizing these animals is a time consuming process because it takes time for the animals to react,” Klein said. “You need a licensed vet on hand to be able to administer the proper dosages but also in a situation of increasing darkness where the sheriff was unaware of how many animals were in sort of containment, I think it was unfortunately prudent that that was the best reaction.”

Oddly enough, when FOX 4 went to Cedar Cove two horses had ventured onto the property. Klein has know idea who they belong to.

“They were grazing right along the drive which I had never seen before,” he said. “I thought is this the day for animals to escape and of course we’re very adamant about our security out here.”

At Cedar Cove there are three layers of security and each has an electric hot wire.  This is fence number, this is fence number two and just beyond me, fence number three.

“Our first goal and priority is not to put them in any danger whatsoever because they are so rare,” he said.

In Kansas, sanctuaries like Cedar Cove are highly regulated. Steve Klein says Ohio is known for having weak regulations but he expects that will now change

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