February 02, 2011

100 sled dogs in Whistler killed after Winter Olympics

by Jim Forman/KING 5 News & The Associated Press
Posted on January 31, 2011 at 6:19 PM
Updated yesterday at 2:58 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- An organization that fights animal abuse is calling the slaughter of 100 sled dogs by an outdoor adventure company in British Columbia a bloodbath and police are investigating.

The British Columbia SPCA's manager of animal cruelty investigations said Monday an Outdoor Adventures Whistler employee was told to cull the dogs. He has since been granted workers' compensation benefits for post traumatic stress disorder following the killings last April.

Marcie Moriarty says some dogs were shot, while others' throats were slit before their bodies were pitched into a mass grave. "It can only be described as a massacre," she said.

Vancouver radio station CKNW radio is reporting that the company expected more sledding business in an anticipated post-Olympics tourism boom. But the boom never materialized and the sled dogs were killed last April.
Graham Aldcroft of Adventures West said, "there was an expectation that if euthanizing was required, it would be done so in an appropriate, humane and legal manner."

The Globe and Mail reported Monday that Tourism Whistler announced it was suspending reservations for dog sledding at Outdoor Adventures Whistler during the investigation.

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