Dec 23, 2010 6:55 PM by Breanna Roy (KPAX News)
HOT SPRINGS - The owners of a Hot Springs sanctuary that lost its major funding are voluntarily leaving their home and the property so that animal care organizations can step in.
Montana Large Animal Sanctuary and Rescue owners Brian and Kathryn Warrington are packing up their home and turning the keys over to AniMeals.
AniMeals founder, Karyn Moltzen, said other animal care organizations refused to go on the property until the Warringtons leave.
"People are afraid to come up here and get the animals off the grounds as long as (Brian) is here," Moltzen said. "They are afraid of him, which is crazy, because he's a teddy bear. But until he leaves, no one will come ‘cause Brian's got guns."
Moltzen said the Warringtons will be off the property by Dec. 29.
"They are happy to be going," Moltzen said. "Brian hasn't had a day off in 15 years. He's tired. I'm sure he's relieved and hopefully looking forward to the next chapter in his life.
Meanwhile Moltzen and another Animeals employee along with two volunteers will be staying on the property, even on Christmas day.
"Timing is awful, but we are stalled," she said. "We've got animals being born every day we've got animals dying every day."
More than 1,000 large animals including over 750 llamas live on the property. The animal care organizations are still taking adoption applications to find permanent homes for the sanctuary animals.