ALPINE, Calif. (KGTV) -- A local animal sanctuary is mourning the loss of Shadow the leopard.
Shadow first came to Lions Tigers & Bears in Alpine four years ago after being rescued from a defunct animal sanctuary in South Dakota.
Unfortunately, Shadow was plagued with health issues, including skin disease and leaky heart valves.
The leopard’s health continued to deteriorate this year, and Lions Tigers & Bears officials decided to put Shadow down this weekend.
Shadow is the second big cat the Alpine sanctuary has lost in two weeks; on Oct. 26, a tiger killed another when they were accidentally brought into close contact with one another.