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100 dogs in Canada killed after business slows

February 2, 2011 | Author: huiping | Posted in Animal Care & Pets, Crime, Home & Family, News and Society, Society

WHISTLER (British Columbia) – ABOUT 100 sled dogs, some badly maimed and writhing in pain, were killed and dumped in a mass grave after bookings dropped sharply for a tour operator following the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The gruesome event was described in documents awarding compensation to a worker who claimed post-traumatic stress disorder after having to shoot the dogs.

100 dogs killed in Canada

Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the incident left her sickened and called it an ‘absolutely criminal code offense.’ Both the B.C. SPCA and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating the slaughter.

Moriarty said some of the dogs were shot in the head, but others clearly suffered and did not die instantly.

‘There aren’t words to really describe some of the ways these dogs died,’ said Moriarty. ‘I think what gets to me, too, is that every other dog watched. And just the sheer number of dogs.’ ‘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,’ she said.

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. — AP

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