Ex-Workers Claim Sanctuary Euthanizing Animals

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CAMBRIA, Calif. (AP) - Some ex-workers at a sanctuary in San
Luis Obispo County say animals are being euthanized to save money,
but operators of the nonprofit refuge say deteriorating health is
to blame.

Laid-off workers at the Dancing Star Foundation sanctuary in
rural Harmony near Cambria and Cayucos say five to 10 aging burros,
horses and cattle are being euthanized each week in an effort to
cut costs.

Laid-off worker Sheldon Rowley says animals are being put down
simply because they are old or lame.

Dancing Star Foundation Vice President Jane Morrison says the
animals have medical problems, although she concedes operations are
being cut back because of the economic crisis.

But Dancing Star spokesman Roger Gillott says animal
quality-of-life issues led to euthanizations.

"The allegations are simply untrue," Gillott said Thursday.
"They are from a few disgruntled current or former employees and
do not accurately reflect the policies or practices of the
foundation."


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