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    SPCA investigates slaughter of 100 Whistler sled dogs

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    BY KIM PEMBERTON, VANCOUVER SUN FEBRUARY 1, 2011 12:21 PM


    The “execution-style” mass cull of 100 sled dogs owned by Whistler-based Outdoor Adventures has sparked an SPCA investigation into allegations of animal cruelty, outrage from animal welfare groups and suspension by Tourism Whistler of reservations for dog sledding excursions by the company.

    The cull came to light because of a successful WorkSafeBC claim for post-traumatic stress by the employee who killed the dogs over two days last April.

    The worker said he suffered panic attacks and nightmares because of the grisly scenes that unfolded as he carried out the company’s orders to kill 100 of its 300 dogs because of a slow winter season.

    Many were killed in mass shootings, carried out in front of each other, that caused the dogs to panic and attack him.

    “By the end he was covered in blood,” according to the review board’s Jan. 25 decision that found he did suffer post-traumatic stress. “When he finished he cleared up the mess, filled in the mass grave and tried to bury the memories as deeply as he could.”

    Five days after the final culling, he sought treatment from a clinical counsellor who indicated he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

    The animal cruelty investigation came to light after WorkSafeBC’s Jan. 25 decision was made public.

    The full report, by review officer Allan Wotherspoon, obtained by The Vancouver Sun, stated the worker’s “employer did not protest acceptance of the claim” nor did they provide any evidence to counter the worker’s declaration “thus I accept the worker’s account of what occurred with reservation.”

    Wotherspon found the “‘mass cull’ was unique in its size, not only in respect of the workers’ experience but in all of Canada.”

    Outdoors Adventures, which also offers snowmobiling, snowshoeing and horseback excursions in the Whistler area, did not return repeated phone calls from The Sun.

    However, a statement by Outdoor Adventures spokesman Graham Aldcroft said there are now no firearms on site and any time a sled dog is euthanized in the future, it will be done in a vet’s office.

    “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 WCB document Sunday,” he stated in the release.

    Outdoor Adventures had a financial stake in ‘Howling Dogs’ which is owned by 29-year-old Joey Houssian, whom Piqué Magazine identifies as the son of Intrawest scion Joe Houssian. He is also listed as a director with Outdoor Adventures, which was incorporated in 1997.

    Marcie Moriarty, head of the BC SPCA cruelty investigations division, said the employee, who was the general manager at the time with Outdoor Adventures in Whistler, could have simply said no when his employer ordered him to kill the dogs.

    The man said in a written declaration to the WorkSafeBC review that he had “developed a strong emotional bond of mutual love and trust with” the dogs before carrying out the “execution-style” mass cull over two days.

    “I’ve no doubt he has suffered post traumatic stress but there’s a thing called choice,” said Moriarty. “I absolutely would not have done this and he could have said no. This is a Criminal Code offence ... I don’t feel sorry for this guy for one minute.”

    Moriarty said the man chose to shoot and kill the dogs on April 21 and April 23 inhumanely.

    “The way this employee describes it — it’s a massacre absolutely — a criminal code offence. These dogs were killed in front of the other dogs that were all tethered up on the compound [where the dogs are kept for Outdoor Adventures].”


    Murphy said that after he heard details of the allegations against the dog sled company, “to call it tragic is an understatement.”

    “We’ve had a number of visitors contacting us and saying they’re concerned about this operator ... We’ve talked to the operator and they understand what we’re doing.


    The WorkSafeBC report states the employee, who had known a lot of the dogs and even named many of them, lived with them and cared for them seven days a week, Part of his duties including occasionally euthanizing animals, who were old, ill, injured or where there were unwanted puppies.

    “All prior culls were done with the support and approval of a veterinarian,” the man stated in a written declaration to the review.

    “A veterinarian was contacted, but refused to euthanize healthy animals. Attempts were made to adopt out the dogs with only limited success.”

    The report did not state by what means the company or the worker tried to find alternative homes for the sled dogs.

    But over a two-day period in late April, 2010 he agreed to carry out the orders from his employer to euthanize some of them because part of his job duties “included herd control.” But what made it difficult for him this time was the large number of animals involved.

    “In the past, his practice when euthanizing a dog was to take it for a walk in the woods and give them a nice meat meal to distract them. That would make for a calm environment and kept the dogs away from the general population so as not to disrupt them. He would use a gun to euthanize the dogs,” the report states.

    However, because of the large number of dogs he said he was forced to euthanize the dogs in full view of the other dogs and by about the 15th dog it appeared to him “the dogs were experiencing anxiety and stress from observing the euthanasia of other members of the pack and were panicking.”

    His family physician also indicated the worker, who resides at the same location as the dogs with his family, complained of “panic attacks, nightmares, sleep disturbances, anger, irritability and depressed mood since culling approximately 100 dogs.” In addition to the post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, he exhibited “dissociative symptoms.”

    Moriarty said from what she’s read so far in the report “many people will be shocked” not only about the culling but how sled dogs are treated in general.

    “There is a problem with the sled dog industry in general. People see these 20 sled dogs, an idyllic setting with snow in the background and think how great. But what they don’t see is the 200 dogs tethered and sleeping out back, chained to a barrel.”

    She said from reading the report, it appears the request was made to kill the dogs because of a downturn in the business after the Olympics on the compound of Outdoor Adventures.

    “What do they do when they don’t have the money to feed them all? When the dogs aren’t needed. The order to simply put them down is not acceptable.”

    She said the SPCA plans to uncover the mass grave to examine the dogs’ remains but can’t do that immediately because the ground is frozen under several feet of snow.

    Moriarty said she’s “glad a light is finally being shed on this industry. I just shudder whenever I see the ads for sled dog tours because I know how the majority of dogs are living. There are a few good operations but on a smaller scale.”

    Vancouver Humane Society spokesman Peter Fricker said this isn’t the first time sled dogs have been hurt or killed by sled dog companies in Canada. He said the SPCA in Tumbler Ridge seizeed 34 badly neglected sled dogs in 2009.

    “Our experience in every case where people use animals to make money and when there are financial difficulties the animals’ lives are put at risk.”

    Fricker said the time has come for an outright ban on sled dog companies.

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    dear god. I had to stop reading at "many were killed in mass shootings."
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    although its heart breaking that so many dogs had to be killed it is, infact, the environmental, left wing thing to do...i was reading the other day, a report that stated that owning 1 dog is the same as running 2 Toyota Landcruisers (on an environmental level)...therefore, by way of debduction, the former owners can go out and buy new cars without fearing being harrassed by a man with a beard and some lesbian vegetablists!



    on a serious note, as a the owner of 2 dogs (and 4 cars!!) it brought a tear to my eye.
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    it's inexcusable. And the guy who did the killing claims PTSD and wants compensation.

    I say show that animal the same mercy he showed those dogs...HE had CHOICES

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    although its heart breaking that so many dogs had to be killed it is, infact, the environmental, left wing thing to do...i was reading the other day, a report that stated that owning 1 dog is the same as running 2 Toyota Landcruisers (on an environmental level)...therefore, by way of debduction, the former owners can go out and buy new cars without fearing being harrassed by a man with a beard and some lesbian vegetablists!



    on a serious note, as a the owner of 2 dogs (and 4 cars!!) it brought a tear to my eye.
    huh? What kind of carbon footprint does a dog have? How did they come up with that?

    Hmm....I guess they're talking about stuff like dog food and treats and bedding and crap like that and how much fuel and energy is used to manufacture and transport such goods.

    But a Toyota Landcruiser can't look up at you with those droopy eyes or cuddle with you on a cold and lonely night or play with you on a nice happy day or console you when you're sad!

    Of course...they don't pee on the carpet either.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    That's just sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    huh? What kind of carbon footprint does a dog have? How did they come up with that?

    Hmm....I guess they're talking about stuff like dog food and treats and bedding and crap like that and how much fuel and energy is used to manufacture and transport such goods.

    But a Toyota Landcruiser can't look up at you with those droopy eyes or cuddle with you on a cold and lonely night or play with you on a nice happy day or console you when you're sad!

    Of course...they don't pee on the carpet either.
    Conversely, you ain't going to see much action on the back of a snow dog...
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    huh? What kind of carbon footprint does a dog have? How did they come up with that?

    Hmm....I guess they're talking about stuff like dog food and treats and bedding and crap like that and how much fuel and energy is used to manufacture and transport such goods.

    But a Toyota Landcruiser can't look up at you with those droopy eyes or cuddle with you on a cold and lonely night or play with you on a nice happy day or console you when you're sad!

    Of course...they don't pee on the carpet either.
    it was entirely the things you listed...personally i'd rather dispatch one of my children with an axe than one of my dogs....i never really fancied a Landcruiser anyway...i wonder which of my childrens pets i could murder to make me feel better about buying a new Blu-Ray player...i hope it's the Gerbil, he's an obnoxoius little bastard!
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    he made his choice, that asshole did. what was so hard about putting them into a shelter? the dogs who wouldn't be adopted, would have been euthenized anyway, right?
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    OMG! This is horrible!!!

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    The cull came to light because of a successful WorkSafeBC claim for post-traumatic stress by the employee who killed the dogs over two days last April.
    That sentence really freaked me out. So if this worker didn't suffer from any "post traumatic stress" resulting in him filing a claim, we might not even know about this.

    However, a statement by Outdoor Adventures spokesman Graham Aldcroft said there are now no firearms on site and any time a sled dog is euthanized in the future, it will be done in a vet’s office.
    That's nice that they are going to change their ways.

    The man said in a written declaration to the WorkSafeBC review that he had “developed a strong emotional bond of mutual love and trust with” the dogs before carrying out the “execution-style” mass cull over two days.
    Unless I was threatened with death by my employers, I don't know how I could carry out such a task if I had developed a "strong emotional bong of mutual love and trust" with the dogs. Even if I didn't have a "bond" with the dogs I couldn't shoot them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by avhevhmashdlr View Post
    he made his choice, that asshole did. what was so hard about putting them into a shelter? the dogs who wouldn't be adopted, would have been euthenized anyway, right?
    sled dogs aren't exact prime candidates for adoption I'm afraid. It's not like regular familes are gonna bring a sled dog home to their little semi-detached home.

    That said, there are humane ways to kill an animal and this is not what happened here.

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    that's exactly the argument they used to use against greyhound adoption

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    OMG! This is horrible!!!

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    Set them free to kill raccoons and alpaca's. sooner or later a balance will be achieved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    That sentence really freaked me out. So if this worker didn't suffer from any "post traumatic stress" resulting in him filing a claim, we might not even know about this.



    That's nice that they are going to change their ways.



    Unless I was threatened with death by my employers, I don't know how I could carry out such a task if I had developed a "strong emotional bong of mutual love and trust" with the dogs. Even if I didn't have a "bond" with the dogs I couldn't shoot them.


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