Outdoor Adventures Whistler: Sled Dog Slaughter? 100 Huskies Shot
Whistler Dog Sled Tragedy: 100 Sled Dogs Shot And Killed: BC SPCA Documents Show 100 Huskies Killed | Operator - Outdoor Adventures Whistler And Whistler Dogsledding Adventures.
The RCMP and the BC SPCA have launched investigations into the slaughter of up to 100 sled dogs in Whistler is likely a "criminal" act. The dog sled slaughter documents concerning dogs owned by Outdoor Adventures Whistler were obtained from British Columbia's Occupational Work and Safety organization, WorkSafeBC, by radio station CKNW.
Marcie Moriarty, general manager of the group's cruelty investigations, says the description of the April 2010 incident is an "absolutely criminal code offence," although there is no indication a police investigation is underway.
Documents obtained by CKNW radio reveal about 100 healthy sled dogs were killed in a mass slaughter in Whistler last April 21 and 23.
According to the WorkSafe B.C. documents, an employee of Outdoor Adventures Whistler has been compensated for post-traumatic stress disorder after being ordered to shoot the animals.
The first significant incident occurred when he noticed a female, Nora, who he had shot approximately 20 minutes before, was crawling around in the mass grave he had dug for the animals. He had to climb down into the grave amidst the 10 or so bodies already there and put her out of her misery....He also had to perform what he describes as execution style killings where he wrestled the dogs to the ground and stood on them with one foot to shoot them."
The documents say the cull of the animals occurred because of the big drop in tourism after the Olympics
Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said police are investigating the allegations, and criminal charges are possible, including cruelty to animals and injuring or endangering animals.
Outdoor Adventures says the cull was conducted by the manager of its subsidiary company Howling Dog Tours.
"It was our expectation that it was done in a proper, legal and humane manner. We only learned otherwise on Friday, January 28 when we read the WCB ruling for the first time," Outdoor Adventures said in a release.
While Whistler Outdoor Adventures says the killing of the dogs was handled by Howling Dog Tours - a statement on the Howling Dog Tours (out of Alberta) website said Howling Dog Tours had nothing to do with it and that they sold their Whistler subsidiary in 2004 - apparently a man named Robert Fawcett now owns and runs Whistler Dogsledding.
This statement is from Howling Dog Tours Ltd., based out of Canmore, Alberta, regarding recent news filings and misinformation produced from Outdoor Adventures Whistler.
As of 2004, the owners of Howling Dog Tours Ltd. (Canmore) sold their 50% interest in "Howling Dog Tours Whistler Inc." to Mr. Robert Fawcett in its entirety. We are shocked and saddened by these events, however, we have not had any interest or control of Howling Dog Tours Whistler Inc. since 2004. To our knowledge, the company in Whistler, B.C. was operating as "Whistler Dogsledding". The dogs referred to in the media belonged to "Howling Dog Tours Whistler Inc." and/or "Whistler Dogsledding".
Of course, this wholesale of killing of Huskies came to light only after the employee who killed 100 animals filed a Worker's Compensation claim for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Marcie Moriarty said the man, who was the general manager at the time with Outdoor Adventures in Whistler, could have simply said no.
"I've no doubt he has suffered post traumatic stress but there's a thing called choice. I absolutely would not have done this and he could have said no. This is a criminal code offence and to have just stopped. I don't feel sorry for this guy for one minute."
But Moriarty said the man chose to shoot and kill the dogs over two days on April 21 and April 23 inhumanely.
"The way he describes multiple shots and faces blown off and coming back on a second day is gruesome. I've never read anything quite like it. The way this employee describes it - it's a massacre absolutely - a criminal code offense. These dogs were killed in front of the other dogs that were all tethered up on the compound (at Outdoor Adventures)."