When tourism slumped in British Columbia following the 2010 Winter Olympics, a dog sled company shot, killed, and buried at least 70 healthy sled dogs.
The company, Outdoor Adventures Whistler in Whistler Canada, was looking to kill 200 of their 300 sled dogs after tourist season ended in April of 2010 but a veterinarian that had been called in to assist refused to euthanize the healthy dogs. Outdoor Adventures employees then decided they would wrestle the dogs to the ground, stand on their necks, and shoot the dogs execution style. The bodies were then thrown in a mass grave.
The incident would never have come to light if it weren’t for a former employee filing a worker’s compensation claim for post traumatic stress disorder after participating in the killings. The Canadian government and SPCA have announced that they will investigate the case.
Unfortunately this story is not uncommon. The dog sled world is no fun for dogs. If they survive the season, dogs are disposed of like trash or chained to a stake in the back yard of a musher. To most mushers, and sled companies, dogs are just a way to make money. Dogs are tools without feeling or need.
I think we can agree that every one of these dogs would have rather been in a warm bed with a loving friend rather then forced to pull sleds thousands of miles before being executed and thrown in a pit.