Published: Aug 21, 2010 4:28 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 21, 2010 12:47 AM EDT

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla - Rain couldn't silence the cries of some who say what vets at Lehigh Acres Animal Hospital did was heartless. Protesters gathered outside the animal hospital a day after two dogs were put down because its owners couldn't pay a $2,000 boarding bill.

Deputies escorted workers to their cars Friday afternoon.

The animal hospital insists they did nothing wrong. They provided us with copies that show the hospital mailed several letters to the dog's family warning they would give up ownership of the dogs if the bill was not paid.

No one at the hospital would go on camera for an interview, but they did admit to taking donations from viewers who reached out to help even after our story aired and the dogs were euthanized.

On Friday, they released this statement: "The dogs were put down because they didn't have a safe stable home to go to nor did they have any financial income to be cared for correctly."