The owner was just selfish to commit suicide and leave his animals, his community and HIS WIFE to deal with the aftermath of his actions. It almost looks like he was taking revenge on all the people who had made him angry.
I wonder if after being incarcerated he didn't want the animals kept captive anymore. I think he loved the animals but got way in over his head. He got in trouble with the law for gun violations and animal conditions. It's coming out that he was having financial problems.
Watching the news clips with Jack Hanna, he almost looks traumatized. He devotes his life to proper care and treatment of animals and then has to witness this slaughter because of this man's obsession with owning exotic animals.
The sheriff made a difficult but necessary decision. Tragic all around, but better than what could have happened if he would have waited.
Married, both 61. DH retired June, 2010. I have a pleasant little part time job.