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Jan 31st, 2011 8:16 PM #1
100 Sled Dogs slaughtered when turism slumped
The man responsible for the "execution-style" cull of 100 sled dogs that were no longer of use to the Whistler-based Outdoor Adventures "due to a slow winter" season had known a lot of the dogs and was traumatized so much by the slaughter he now suffers from nightmares, panic attacks and depression, according to a confidential workers compensation review decision obtained by the Vancouver Sun.
The man, who was not named in the document, said he had raised many of the 300 dogs owned by his employer and in fact had named many of them. But over a two day period in late April, 2010 he agree 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.
The SPCA is launching an investigation of the cull.
In the document the man thought he had put down 30 per cent of the company's herd or approximately 70 animals, but the employers' report of injury to the animals, filed with the review board, in May, stated it had actually been 100 dogs.
The employer's report "did not protest acceptance of the claim." The man received compensation after his claim of suffering from post traumatic stress disorder was accepted by review officer Allan Wotherspoon, in his report dated Jan. 25, 2011.
A veterinarian had been contacted but refused to participate in the cull of healthy animals. The report stated the man tasked with the job tried to adopt out the dogs but with limited success.
"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."
As a result of the panic, a dog named Suzie was only wounded.
"Susie was the mother of his family's pet dog 'Bumble.' He had to chase Suzie through the yard because the horrific noise she made when wounded caused him to drop the leash. Although she had the left side of her cheek blown off and her eye hanging out, he was unable to catch her. He then obtained a gun with a scope and used it to shoot her when she settled down close to another group of dogs."
The report states when he went to get the dog he was bitten in the arm and after disposing of Suzie's body when he returned he noticed another dog, named Poker, that was special to him and not slated to be euthanized had been accidently shot when he had shot Suzie earlier.
"Poker was covered in blood from a neck wound and covered in his own feces. He believed Poker suffered for approximately 15 minutes before he could be put down."
On April 21 he had put down about 55 dogs and by the end of the day the dogs were so panicked they were biting him and he had to wrap his arms in foam to prevent injury.
"He also had to perform what he described as "execution style" killings where he wrestled the dogs to the ground and stood on them with one foot to shoot them. The last few kills were "multiple-shot" killings as he was simply unable to get a clean shot. He described a guttural sound he had never heard before from the dogs and fear in their eyes."
The killings on April 23 were described as "worse" than the previous time because the herd's fear and anxiety began almost immediately. On that day the first significant killing happened to a dog named Nora, who he had shot 20 minutes earlier and put into the mass grave. He noticed her crawling around amidst the 10 or so bodies already there so had to climb down into the grave and "put her out of her misery."
After that shooting, a male dog was shot "taking off part of his head."
"The dog bolted and the worker realized he was out of ammunition. When he went to get more, he was attacked by the dog and had to kill the dog with his knife, by slitting its throat while the dog was on top of him."
He switched to using a rifle to finish the job but at that point "wanted nothing more than to stop the 'nightmare' but he continued because he had been given a job to finish and did not want to prolong the suffering and anxiety of the whole kennel population. He stated that he felt 'numb.'"
His last memory of killing the final 15 dogs was "fuzzy" and in some cases he felt it was simpler to "get behind the dogs and slit their throats and let them bleed out."
"By the end he was covered in blood. 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 counselor who indicated he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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."
His wife also told the workers compensation board's case manager her husband developed the disorder as a result of euthanizing approximately 100 dogs. It was also reported that the man must care for the herd that remains seven days a week but he continues to "deteriorate mentally and emotionally."
Marcie Moriarty, the head of the BC SPCA cruelty investigations division, 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 offence. These dogs were killed in front of the other dogs that were all tethered up on the compound (at Outdoor Adventures)."
Moriarty said the SPCA began investigating the culling of the sled dogs this weekend after CKNW radio provided her with a heavily censored report from the Workers Compensation Board.
WCB spokesperson Donna Freeman said she can not confirm a claim has been filed by any party because if there was a report filed it would be "considered private because they're medical files."
She said her understanding of the situation is CKNW got a report off a law firm's website and that report was made to the first level at WCB which is the review decision.
Lawyer Cory Steinberg is reportedly representing the man, who has not been named.
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."
Moriarty said while RCMP have been contacted about the culling of the sled dogs the BC SPCA are the lead investigators and will be executing warrants to obtain further information.
She said they also plan 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.
And while this story is tragic, Moriarty added she is glad the public can finally learn more about the dog sledding industry.
"I'm 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," she said.
In a statement, Outdoor Adventures spokesman Graham Aldcroft said there are now no firearms on site and any time a sled dog will be 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' with the operational control of the company in the hands of the worker referred to in the WCB ruling, according to CKNW.
Outdoor Adventures is owned by 29-year-old Joey Houssian, whom Pique Magazine identifies as the son of Intrawest scion Joe Houssian.
B.C. NDP leadership candidate Mike Farnworth said Monday that B.C. needs stronger protection for animals and tougher penalties against their abusers.
Commenting on the Whistler dog cull and the Dawson Creek case where a dog's body was frozen in a tub of water, he said, "As an animal lover, I along with the vast majority of British Columbians find these stories despicable. Clearly, we need to send a stronger message to those who think animal abuse is acceptable.
"We need to treat animal abuse as the horrific crime that it is. Anyone caught doing it should be significantly punished."
Jan 31st, 2011 8:28 PM #2
At least it is being investigated. How cruel can humans be?
"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."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...013105539.html"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" G. Santayana
Jan 31st, 2011 8:55 PM #3
Wow. I wish I had not read that right now. I feel kinda sick to my stomach.
Jan 31st, 2011 9:51 PM #4
This points to other deeper problems such as corporate decisions etc. The fact that the guy wanted to protect his own job even though it was taking him to the loony bin while he did it.
Somehow people have just lost their moral compass altogether.Blessings in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ who came in the flesh and now sits at the right hand of our God on high.
A confession of faith that the modern Evangelical movement can no longer make!
Jan 31st, 2011 10:31 PM #5Wow. I wish I had not read that right now. I feel kinda sick to my stomach.I aggressively attack stupidity... If you feel I am being aggressive, well....
Feb 1st, 2011 4:01 AM #6
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oh knock it off, DBA, that was uncalled for.
And I couldn't read all of it..I just couldn't..that man yeah he has ptsd..but then again, by that token, I bet there were concentration camp guards during WWII that had ptsd too...
ptsd is not an excuse for evil actions. I feel for the guy, I really do..I hope he gets the treatment he needs..in prison.
Feb 1st, 2011 11:33 AM #7
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we can care about Dogs being culled but we turn a blind eye to the factory chickens, the inner city clinics, the fact that corporatized medicare would take such actions without even paying lip service to remorse ...
but, yeah, dogs being killed for economic reasons is far more significant than people being disallowed medical care due to their economic status.
fucking hypocritical myopic self-serving capitalism in action ...For every human problem there is an easy and simple answer. And it is always wrong. - H.L. Mencken
Feb 1st, 2011 11:36 AM #8
Feb 1st, 2011 12:03 PM #9
The core of this is a poor little rich kid who's toy wasn't making enough money, even though he has the pockets to cover those dogs for a season easy, and a spineless fuck who couldn't stand up to his boss and do the right thing who has played the trauma card to get unemployment and is probably going to play the victim card to avoid prosecution.
He got PTSD from this? Good! I hope he never has a good nights sleep or a peaceful moment for the rest of his life. I also hope get jail time and a cellmate who is a psychotic animal rights activist. He made the decision to carry out the cull. He has no right to whine and complain.
The company attached to the dog sledding is already trying to make it look like they had no idea how this was going to be handled. Where was the owner when this was going down? Of course if criminal charges are brought he will say he had no idea what his management team were doing. Well f you are too stupid to run a business, don't own a business particularly when it involve living creatures.Mr. T made his van go twice the speed of light because he wanted to prove that quantum physics was a bunch of jibba jabba.
Feb 1st, 2011 1:57 PM #10
I don't understand how this nutcase could do such a thing? I mean why not give them up for adoption?
And apparently the olympics comittee ordered him to do it? like wtf?
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Feb 1st, 2011 2:28 PM #11
Goldmoon, giving the dogs up for adoption would be ideal, but the number of families that want dogs is dwarfed by the number of dogs that are available. There simply isnt a free market demand for sled dogs. And mass knifings and shootings IS way cheaper and economically viable than each dog getting a nice last meal of meat and a clean shot to the head away from the vision of the other dogs.I aggressively attack stupidity... If you feel I am being aggressive, well....
Feb 1st, 2011 5:19 PM #12
They probably could have made a few $ selling them in Alaska. Pre trained dogs sell where needed as full teams.Blessings in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ who came in the flesh and now sits at the right hand of our God on high.
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Feb 1st, 2011 6:01 PM #13
Feb 1st, 2011 7:08 PM #14
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WOW. I just ate dinner and now I read this. I'm sick in my stomach right now. Unfortunately none of the dogs killed this guy. I hope he has nightmares till the end of his life.
Feb 1st, 2011 8:33 PM #15
At least charges are being filed and at least some of the dogs did not go down without a fight.
"Obviously we would like to lay charges as soon as possible," she said. "We are looking at the particular individual. Whether the company is liable, I don't know. Morally, yes."
"The station reported the man was attacked at least twice by nearby dogs as the shootings occurred. He was forced to slit the throat of one animal who jumped on top of him."
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...ryId=133394887"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" G. Santayana
Feb 1st, 2011 10:25 PM #16
What's turism?" Take Badlaw's body out to the gold-mine 'n toss it down a shaft. "
Feb 1st, 2011 11:13 PM #17
Unfortunately sled dogs don't usually make good pets, which sucks because the most common breeds used for sledding are high demand dogs.
If we are lucky the idiot who did this will have one round left and do the right thing. Well, maybe two and he could retire the Einstein who told him to do it first.Mr. T made his van go twice the speed of light because he wanted to prove that quantum physics was a bunch of jibba jabba.
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