For the 100 sled dogs butchered in Whistler, we Howl again. Our departed friends Howl along with us. Listen to them…
Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. ~Anne Sexton
Yesterday, April 20, 2012, criminal charges were filed in the animal cruelty case that focused international attention on the practices of the sled-dog industry after the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Robert Fawcett, a former general manager with Howling Dog Tours, based in Whistler, B.C., faces one count of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to dozens of sled dogs in April 2010.
Fifty-six dogs were dug up in a mass grave near Whistler after information leaked out in January 2011 through a workers compensation claim of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The charges come after a gruesome search and investigation by the RCMP and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Animals.
The B.C. government brought in new protections for sled dogs, establishing legal requirements for issues such as containing animals, euthanasia, their health and working conditions.
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