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Colorado’s Wild Animal Sanctuary Saved 54 Animals In 2013

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Rescued brown and black bears feed at The Wild Animal Sanctuary on October 20, 2011 in Keenesburg, Colorado. The non-profit sanctuary is a 720 acre refuge for large carnivores that have been confiscated from illegal or abusive situations and is currently home to over 290 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other animals. Opened in 1980, it is the oldest and largest carnivore sanctuary in the United States. Animals at the refuge require a total of some 19,000 pounds of food per week, a ton of that for the bears alone. On Tuesday the owner of a private 73 acre animal reserve in Zanesville, Ohio set loose 56 animals, mostly large carnivores, before shooting himself. Of the animals that fled, 49 were hunted down and killed by sheriff?s deputies and other law enforcement officers.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Rescued brown and black bears feed at The Wild Animal Sanctuary on October 20, 2011 in Keenesburg, Colorado. The non-profit sanctuary is a 720 acre refuge for large carnivores that have been confiscated from illegal or abusive situations and is currently home to over 290 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other animals. Opened in 1980, it is the oldest and largest carnivore sanctuary in the United States. Animals at the refuge require a total of some 19,000 pounds of food per week, a ton of that for the bears alone. On Tuesday the owner of a private 73 acre animal reserve in Zanesville, Ohio set loose 56 animals, mostly large carnivores, before shooting himself. Of the animals that fled, 49 were hunted down and killed by sheriff?s deputies and other law enforcement officers. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

DENVER (CBS4) – The Wild Animal Sanctuary announced in a statement that it saved 54 animals throughout the United States and Mexico from inhumane conditions in 2013.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the oldest and largest nonprofit Sanctuary exclusively dedicated to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores in the United States.

“From South Carolina to Florida and three cities in Mexico, we worked tirelessly to rescue abused, abandoned and illegally kept wildlife,” said Pat Craig, Wild Animal Sanctuary Director said in a statement. “All the animals we rescue, including last year’s newest additions, are treated like family and live in large acreage habitats with the highest quality care and nutrition available for the rest of their lives.”

One of the rescues included five black bears, three mountain lions and three Kodiak grizzly bears after an amusement park closed in Florida.

“The team also rescued six black bears from South Carolina that were being used for bear baying/baiting, a barbaric blood sport that involves removing bears’ canine teeth and often filing down their claws then tethering them while trained fighting dogs attack them.”

The sanctuary is located 30 minutes outside of Denver on 720 acres. It holds more than 330 animals.

To learn how to support The Wild Animal Sanctuary, visit wildanimalsanctuary.org.

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