Another Colorado refuge, the Wild Animal Sanctuary (WAS), expressed similar sentiments.
"Nobody knew - they just euthanized them, and then everybody found out," Pat Craig, executive director of WAS, told The Dodo. "We would have taken them easily if we were [notified]."
Loeb placed blame for the decision on the Elbert County Commissioners, who declined the relocation permit. But the county said in a statement that they were just as baffled by Loeb's decision to euthanize the animals, calling it a "total surprise."
"Only two weeks earlier, the operators of the facility assured the County in a public forum that if the application was denied, they would continue to operate at their current location as they had for the previous 10 years," officials said.