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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The 100 dogs were shot dead over two days after an expected post-Olympics boom in dogsledding business at an adventure company didn't pan out. Most died instantly, but others suffered — like the one that ran away with its "face blown off and an eye hanging out."
The gruesome event was described in documents awarding compensation to a worker, who claimed he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from shooting the dogs after bookings dropped sharply for a tour operator following the 2010 Winter Olympics.
"He had to chase her down and finish her off," Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said of the wounded dog that was run down and slain.
Moriarty said the slaughter left her sickened and said it is the worst case she's ever handled. Both the British Columbia SPCA and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating the slaughter.
Moriarty said all the other dogs would have seen the incident in which the one dog did not die instantly from the single gunshot to the head and ran away from the worker.
"There aren't words to really describe some of the ways these dogs died," she said. "We don't put cows down like that. Slaughterhouses have very strict rules for how supposed culling takes place. This violated every one of them."
An employee of Outdoor Adventures Whistler was awarded compensation in a ruling by WorkSafe BC, the provincial body that manages workers' compensation claims. Outdoor Adventures did not contest the man's compensation claims.
The WorkSafe documents are confidential, but Moriarty has read them as part of the society's investigation.
Moriarty said it is likely the individual who will be facing charges and not the company.
"Obviously we would like to lay charges as soon as possible," she said. "We are looking at the particular individual. Whether the company is liable, I don't know. Morally, yes."
She said SPCA constables are in Whistler doing investigations. She said they are hoping to file charges without having to dig up the mass grave of dogs. "It's frozen and under feet of snow," she said.
Tourism Whistler has suspended reservations for the company while the investigation unfolds, spokeswoman Patricia Westerholm said. She said the mood in Whistler is somber.
Police Staff Sgt. Steve Leclair said Tuesday an investigation is underway into "serious threats" made against someone involved with the killing of the dogs. He could not identify the individual against whom the e-mail threats were made.
The WorkSafe documents were obtained by radio station CKNW. The station reported the man was attacked at least twice by nearby dogs as the shootings occurred. He was forced to slit the throat of one animal who jumped on top of him.
The name of the man who killed the dogs has not been released, but his lawyer, Cory Steinberg, told CKNW that it was "the worst experience (the man) could ever have imagined."
The documents reveal bookings for dog sled tours collapsed after the Olympics, and when the company could not find homes for its animals, it ordered the cull. The dogs, which were part of a pack of 300, were shot over two days last April.
"He was essentially told to figure out a way to make (the business) more cost-effective. They just had to have less dogs. So he did everything he could finding homes for them, having them adopted, every which way that he could," Steinberg said Monday.
Graham Aldcroft, a spokesman for the company, said Outdoor Adventures had a financial stake in a company called Howling Dogs in Whistler for four years, but operational control of Howling Dogs was with the worker referred to in the WorkSafe B.C. documents.
"While we were aware of the relocation and euthanization of dogs at Howling Dog Tours, we were completely unaware of the details of the incident until reading the ... document Sunday," Aldcroft said in the statement.
Outdoor Adventures took over control of Howling Dogs in May, Aldcroft said. He said it is now company policy that animals needing to be euthanized are treated at a veterinarian's office.
Rich Bittner, the operator of Howling Dogs in Canmore, Alberta, said he sold his 50 percent interest in the Whistler operation in 2004 to a man named Bob Fawcett. He said the Whistler tour operator was supposed to change the name because Howling Dogs was no longer involved.
An online site offering support to people suffering post-traumatic stress disorder includes several postings made under the name of Bob Fawcett. It could not be immediately determined if these postings were made by the man who bought the dogsled tour company in 2004.
Dogsled tour operators in the tight-knit mushing community in British Columbia expressed outrage over the killings. Several operators said they routinely adopt dogs from other companies, but were not asked to take any from Whistler in early 2010.
Tim Tedford, who runs dog sled tours in the Big White area, near Kelowna, said, "That behavior doesn't sound like a real musher."
"Most mushers love their dogs. That sounds more like an accountant to me. Most mushers would starve themselves before they'd ever neglect their dogs," he said.
Following revelations of the slaughter, the Vancouver Humane Society on Monday called for a ban on the sled-dog tour business.
 

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WTF??? :mad:
 

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That's pretty sad and disturbing. The company should be forced out of business and some folks should go to jail.
 

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That's pretty sad and disturbing. The company should be forced out of business and some folks should go to jail.
Canada let's their multi-murderers walk, you can imagine how they will handle this.
 

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That's disturbing as hell.
Heads need to roll.:mad:

Always wondered why animal cruelty bothers me far more than human cruelty.
Like the old saying "if a man and a dog were drowning, I'd want to save the dog".
If they took the shooter, blew his face off, sent him running, chased and killed him, then made dog biscuits out of him. I would have no problem with that.
 

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That's disturbing as hell.
Heads need to roll.:mad:

Always wondered why animal cruelty bothers me far more than human cruelty.
Like the old saying "if a man and a dog were drowning, I'd want to save the dog".
If they took the shooter, blew his face off, sent him running, chased and killed him, then made dog biscuits out of him. I would have no problem with that.
We've spent the last 10,000 years getting animals to trust humans to the point of them having to rely on us for their well being and when some idiot comes along and does something like this to violate that basic trust it makes me crazy. I think the punishment should be fitting of the crime. Maybe chase him down while he is wounded and finish him off exactly the way he did to his dogs.:mad:
 

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Here we go again. Sigh. I hate to do this but.....

[ Most died instantly, but others suffered —
Both the British Columbia SPCA and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating the slaughter.
the one dog did not die instantly from the single gunshot to the head and ran away

So how many dogs suffered, one or more? Did the others "suffer" merely from seeing that one dog die?
Does this merit a major investigation? No dog fighting, no torture, just an amateur doing the killing, who probably turned his head and missed the shot?


"There aren't words to really describe some of the ways these dogs died," she said. "We don't put cows down like that. .

Sure we do.

He said it is now company policy that animals needing to be euthanized are treated at a veterinarian's office.
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What the hell's the difference whether the vet does it?
We have major human suffering around the world, let's focus on that. Maybe all the govt. people working on the case should be sent to Haiti for a month to do some good for humankind. Sigh.
Also I find it odd that the guy can collect WC, but might face criminal charges. Sounds like bad legal advice.
 

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Here we go again. Sigh. I hate to do this but.....
What the hell's the difference whether the vet does it?
We have major human suffering around the world, let's focus on that. Maybe all the govt. people working on the case should be sent to Haiti for a month to do some good for humankind. Sigh.
Also I find it odd that the guy can collect WC, but might face criminal charges. Sounds like bad legal advice.
Difference being is that Libturds value animal life more than Human life. Just look at their stance on abortion.

Yep, you nailed it!
 

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Difference being is that Libturds value animal life more than Human life. Just look at their stance on abortion.

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I agree with that.
The people posting above are not libturds, so where does that leave us?

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Difference being is that Libturds value animal life more than Human life. Just look at their stance on abortion.

Yep, you nailed it!
It's sad the parents of many of these liberals didn't practice abortion.......:)devil
 

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Guys, I think the guy collecting comp was employed by the guy who ordered the killings.
As for dogs vs humans; A dog is generally a total innocent, while a guy that orders 100 dogs shot is...well, he ain't innocent in my book.

One other thing; In looking at the past of mass murderers, a somewhat common thread is cruelty to animals when they were young; I don't trust anyone who can hurt an animal...not talking about hunting- most hunters do it for food, and would never consider letting an animal suffer.
 

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I have to agree with the comment at the end of the article.
That sounds nothing like any sled dog operation I have ever seen or heard about.
In AK, competitive mushing is big. Those guys you see on TV racing the Iditirod, and moreso, the World Championship sprints during the Fur Rendezvous, have gone through hundreds of dogs each year to end up with that team.
Culling is part of the deal. Most mushers are acutely aware of that, and have different methods that strive to be as humane as possible.

That deal in the article sounds like a tourist based business, with very little to do with real mushing, and certainly nothing to do with the proper care of the dogs.
Any of the mushers I have ever been acquainted with would love nothing better than to skin the guy alive for that type of behavior.
 

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Here we go again. Sigh. I hate to do this but.....


What the hell's the difference whether the vet does it?
We have major human suffering around the world, let's focus on that. Maybe all the govt. people working on the case should be sent to Haiti for a month to do some good for humankind. Sigh.
Also I find it odd that the guy can collect WC, but might face criminal charges. Sounds like bad legal advice.
Question for ya SB.....Have you ever put an animal down? Have you ever participated in killing animals for food processing, ie: slaughter house, chicken processing, etc.

There's proper procedures and humane ways to do things. This incident does not sound like such nor is it likely to be a legal way of doing what may or may not have had to be done. It's a whole separate subject from human suffering.
 

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Culling

Like it or not it is what it is.

I knew a guy who raised pigeons. I think he used them in homing competitions. He stated that he had to "break their necks" on several occasions to get the best birds.

And do you like dog racing? What do you think happens to those beautiful Grey hounds when they are done with them? They don't race past 5 years old, and a broken bone is automatic retirement. It is a fact that only a percentage is saved after their racing days are over. I think it is 50% saved.

Believe me I am NOT for this and it does sound like the guy did not do things correctly, whatever way that may be.
 

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Question for ya SB.....Have you ever put an animal down? Have you ever participated in killing animals for food processing, ie: slaughter house, chicken processing, etc.

There's proper procedures and humane ways to do things. This incident does not sound like such nor is it likely to be a legal way of doing what may or may not have had to be done. It's a whole separate subject from human suffering.
Tex, there are very few who have had anything to do with where there hamburger patty comes from. I did two cows ten days ago, they're hanging right now. To this day I still don't like the killing part, but it is what it is. I think everyone should have to be part of the process atleast once.
 

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A disgusting act!!!! The owner of the business is Joey Hussein, his Father owned Whistler/Blackcombe up until a few years ago. My younger brother went to school with him and is best friends with a cousin. Point I know for a fact the little piece of garbage owner has crap loads of cash!!!! Talking Joey and Daddy took their G5 to the World Cup of soccer in South Africa kind of money. So its not that the owners of these dogs couldn't afford their upkeep during a slow business time. Knowing the owner via my brother and driving his punk a$$ home when he was in high school. He and his family are flippin loaded. So while the employee was inflicting animal cruelty, the owner was jetting around in his Gulfstream! :mad:
 

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Culling

And do you like dog racing? What do you think happens to those beautiful Grey hounds when they are done with them? They don't race past 5 years old, and a broken bone is automatic retirement. .
If I got a dog, it'd probably be a retired greyhound.
What about horse racing, a broken leg means death.

Question for ya SB.....Have you ever put an animal down?

Yes. On the instruction of a vet, I executed a hamster by putting him under my car's exhaust pipe, CO poisoning.

Have you ever participated in killing animals for food processing, ie: slaughter house, chicken processing, etc.

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Tex, there are very few who have had anything to do with where there hamburger patty comes from. I think everyone should have to be part of the process atleast once.
I agree. City people are too far removed from farm life.
 

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If I got a dog, it'd probably be a retired greyhound.
What about horse racing, a broken leg means death.


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I agree. City people are too far removed from farm life.
I've been involved in the processing of hundreds of animals for food. I've also put down a number of pets or diseased animals. It's never easy, but must be done for the sake of that animal not to suffer.

My point is there are humane ways to do things that must be done. The subject of this thread is based on inhumane and irresponsible actions.
 
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