February 1st, 2011
11:28 AM ET

After mass dog slaughter, stressed man files workers' comp

An employee of Canada's Outdoor Adventures company admitted to slaughtering 100 sled dogs, according to a workers compensation report he later filed.

The employee - whose name authorities have not yet released - worked as a general manager of Howling Dogs tour company in Whistler, British Columbia. He claimed he was suffering from post-traumatic stress after carrying out company orders to kill the dogs, the report said.

A company with the same name, Howling Dogs Tours in Canmore, Alberta, has no connection with this case.

The man cited "a slow winter season" that compelled him to decrease the size of the company's dog pack by 30 percent, the report said.

The slaughter took place over the course of two days in April 2010, when he allegedly shot and knifed the animals before dumping them into a mass grave, including at least one dog that was later found alive, the report said.

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  1. Carsonab

    http://www.adventureswhistler.com/ is hosted by Slicehost LLC. If you, like me, think that it's reprehensible that a company is still willing to host these subhumans, let them know: http://www.slicehost.com/contact/

    This was Slicehost's response to me:

    Hi there,

    While we don't agree with what may have happened, because there is no illegal content on this we are not able to take action.

    All the best.
    Slicehost Support

    February 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc.Champagne

      Very Sad Story,
      Most of us canadians have brains and big hearts, this man was obviously lacking both. Why not send the ogs up north to the aboriginal family, R.I.P Puppies!

      February 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carsonab

      Shekon – huh, how the two remotely connected, you idiot. If a hosting company hosts a company responsible for a heinous act(s) and wants to continue to the business of enabling that company's existence online as usual – that's their choice. It's also a consumer's right to be able to consider the potential ethics of this and act accordingly (e.g., not purchase from them, complain).

      February 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Third_Island

      To = Shekon

      The last time I checked, Vancouver wasn't in the U.S.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gort01

      well you might not be able to take action...but wqe as Americans sure can..it will be a cold day in hell before I or any of my friends and hopefully every American reading this story...ever visits Brittish Columbia again....

      February 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee Finner

      The "it's not illegal" response is unacceptable. May you rot in hell.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      HUH???!!!! Because it's not illegal slicehost will not take any action??? Have they no values? No morals? Do they not know that dogs feel? They smile, they cry, they feel pain, they feel stress, they're loyal to you regardless, they feel joy when you do. It has been proven, and the source fails me right now, that their intelligence is that equal to a 5 yr.old (human). Dogs can think. Are there not 5 yr. olds that are gifted? And what about the majority of 5 yr. olds with normal intelligence? Do 5 yr. old children not feel, cry, laugh, stress, feel joy and they love you no matter what? I can't believe what much of humanity has become – so selfish and egotistical in pursuit of their own satisfaction and not caring how or who or what they do to achieve that.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • specter619

      i used to go to Canada every year. Now i plan to Boycott Canad and all their products till their government moves their butts and crushes those responsible with the full weight of the law.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I sent them an email, I think dog lovers need to come together on this. If you have no issue with killing these dogs then you obviously shouldn't have any dogs at all.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The city of Lyons Georgia USA just killed 77 dogs in one day at the animal shelter .The guys that killed them will probably read this story and want workers comp or something now. The killing of the dogs here made the front page of the Advance news paper. Some of the dogs they killed here were already adopted.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      @Gort01, Are you serious? Your solution is to never visit again? If you think those of us who are Canadian are not just as mad and heartsick about this as you guys, you are very wrong. Plenty of bad things happen in the U.S. and if in retaliation people stopped visiting, there would be plenty of grief because of it. Don't try to make America seem more moral than us, we are outraged at this too and we are a very caring people.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I wonder if this company does business with any cruise line companies in the form of excursions? We need to contact the cruises and tell them we won't sail with them if they do.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • justice for the dogs

      please support our efforts to stop this from happening again, raising awareness and strength in numbers will affect people's decisions in doing something this heinous in the future


      thank you for your support

      February 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ed

      sons of }&%¿#+$

      February 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sam

    Will this guy be imprisoned like Mike Vick?

    February 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • razorsharp

      this is the best comment/question on the site...

      February 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hypocrite Nation

      Is he black? Nope.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      I hope so worthless POS the both of them

      February 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Was Mike Vick convicted in Canada?
      Or don't you understand the difference between the USA and Canada?

      February 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aint That The Truth

      AMEN! Well said-best comment I have ever read. PERIOD.POINT. BLANK.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Voice

    Info@tagwhistler.com, time to voice your opinion to the slaughter company.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fabia Cunctatrix

      I emailed them a very STRONG worded email yesterday. I cannot imagine what goes through the minds of people when they commit heinous acts like this. I encourage all of you to email this company to express your outrage!

      February 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steph

      And I did just that! Will make sure all my friends in Seattle will not use that company when we visit as we often do.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • -sun

      I emailed as well. This was a horrible act.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    This happens with race horses and greyhounds every day. That's how the free market works. This guy happened to file for compensation, which is why it got in the news.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • LM

      The free market does not justify cruelty. Money IS NOT the most important thing on Earth. I'd rather die poor than have no conscience.

      February 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      You are exactly correct. That's why we need to work to prevent horrific acts of cruelty in all animal-related industries.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • gettincold

      While I don't agree, at least race horses and greyhounds are humanely euthanized. Not taken out and back and having their throats slit. What this man did was completely reprehensible and now he actually wants to be compensated for it? Unbelievable.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Actually the slaughter of horses is against the law in the United States. It is still legal in Canada and Mexico, as we still export horse meat overseas. Firstly the slaughter of dogs and horses should be made illegal throughout North America, and secondly the pompous breeding industry of both, need to take some responsibility and be brought under control.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chairmanbuzz

      To the rich, money IS the most important thing on earth. They do this to humans every single day. Just look what's happening on the other side of the world as we blog. If your heart goes out to helpless puppies, why doesn't it go out to helpless women, children, and even men? Why don't the rich endure this kind of culling for once? We could make it happen, you know...

      February 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ABE

      His initial claim was rejected.His lawyer submitted a new one which was obvioulsy embelished just so his client could have his stress claim approved. Is short he is being rewarded for botching the job.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • uj

      You are right Brian... and for so long the one force that could stop horse racing, greyhound racing, sled dog racing, furs and any sort of animal explotation, the human race, lets it continue. This got news coverage because this idiot is trying to out run his conscience.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • itsmyturn

      Greyhounds suffer horrible injuries, neglect and abuse in this country due to their life as a racing animal. They are nothing but $ to their owners. Once the animal stops making money for the owner/kennel they are useless to them. All one needs to do is to go to http://www.Grey2K.org and the information and photos will shock and dismay you. These race tracks are right here in the U.S. So, what I am saying is, people in glass houses...

      February 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LM

    This guy deserves to have PTSD. Maybe what little conscience he has will bother him for the rest of his life. Treatment? He should pay for treatment out of pocket, as he is responsible for his actions. As for me, I will never set foot in Whistler again and will boycott this Outdoor Advenures business and anyone connected to them. I will give this as much bad PR as I am capable of. BTW, this is being reported on newspapers all the way in Europe. No generic anti-Canada comments, which would be unwarranted, but this business and Whistler look very bad in front of the whole planet. MAYBE this much negative publicity will force some change. Disgusting.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      One can only hope!

      February 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • abidingdude

      Don't hold all of Whistler or BC accountable for the actions on one idiot. Surely this moron could have done some homework before shooting and slashing at his dogs. I'm sure there's a veterinarian in the vicinity that could have assisted in alerting a rescue organization or at least assist in a humane method of euthanizing the dogs.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cal777

      You want to boycott Whistler for the actions of one company? Get a clue ignoramous!

      February 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Well Cal, you have people boycotting an entire country (Italy) over the decision of one court (re Amanda Knox case), so that reaction's not exactly surprising. Let's just hope the vile perps are brought to justice...and this claim sounds a bit bogus to me! How many dogs in exactly did he start to get upset?!

      February 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • -sun

      I will boycott Whistler too .. don't try to shame people out of living their convictions .. Has whistler removed this company from being able to operate at their resort? That would show moral responsibility. I don't see that announced in the news so therefore they are indirectly condoning this horrific act.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monty

      Actually yes, -Sun, Whistler has suspended all trips with Outdoor Adventures, and is refunding money to customers that booked with them. It's quite clear that the resort, the community and the entire province are horrified by this individual's actions.

      February 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sean

    I can't believe this!!! I HATE this world!!! How can someone harm an animal, a defenseless dam animal! I wish they would bring this dude to me, I would gut him, period!

    February 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Well said

      February 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ranbo

      You would'nt hurt an animal, but you would "gut" a person? Hypocritical

      February 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathleen

      Well said my friend. I 100% agree with you. This world needs to stop and take a serious look at their actions and the consequences that will occur.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristi

      Ask Michael Vick...

      February 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • CoyTed

      thats good.. i can help you!

      February 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      That's ironic. You'd kill a man because you're protesting the morality of him killing? A better response would be kindess, wouldn't you think?

      February 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Ranbo – it's because human beings know the capacity for evil amongst our own species. Animals to many are innocents and so there's a greater injustice attached to their deaths at the hands of men. Same with little children. In prisons killers of children face wrath among even killers because of the perception of injustice behind picking on the weak and helpless. If Sean were to gut this man it would not be hypocritical unless he were tied up helpless. Otherwise he would still have a better chance of defending himself than the dogs did defending themselves from an armed human being.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    He had a choice. He should be arrested, tried and convicted of animal cruelty. What a chump. I'm glad he does not work for me........I run a hotel I guess when slow season gets here he would have killed the seasonal employees instead of letting them go since they won't be needed for a few months.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      I enjoyed your analogy John, thanks. A life is a life, I never understood why many others just don't feel that way. The only lives I think deserve not to be spared are the truly horrendous (i.e. murderers, pedophiles, even violent animals that can not be rehabilitated). These dogs were innocent victims, thrown out with the trash because they were no longer needed, disgusting and very sad. Never in a million years would I carry out and order like this guy did, NEVER.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. amy

    Possibly the worst story I have ever read 😦

    February 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoDoubt

      Agreed. This story makes me want to cry for days. Its not just animals being slaughtered but HOW they were slaughtered.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heavy

      A horrible story indeed. But you do know that much worse things have been perpetrated against your fellow human beings. These should be the worst stories you've ever read.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vancouverite

      Heavy, are you crazy? Humans suck and there are too many!

      February 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ed

      @NoDoubt Does it really matter to know the details of how they were slaughtered??? With the simple use of the word 'slaughter' we can determine it wasn't a 'nice, peaceful death', this dogs suffered in a way many of us humans will never suffer, this is just too evil to try to understand...

      February 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • itsmyturn

      Yes, I agree. It is one of the worst stories of animal cruelty I have ever read. Just thinking of the poor animals and their confusion when someone who had been taking care of them and who had been a safe person turns into a maniac and attacks them and brutalizes them it makes my heart hurt. Any person who can perpetrate this type of brutality on any living being is in need of intensive mental health treatment. This guy is not right. He is a time bomb. What a terrifying nightmare he created.

      February 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jay

    Was that dog killer Vick in the area??

    February 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Leslie O

    This is no different than the aerial gunning that takes place daily in Alaska, or the herding of wild horses to be auctioned off for slaughter and export to horse eating countries. (Notice the use of “cull” instead of kill as if that makes it less like murder… to make it easier to slip it by the public.) Humans have an increasing capacity for violence against helpless animals, just as they have an increasing capacity for violence against their fellow man. Crimes of this nature against animals need to be punished in similar fashion as those that are committed against humans. Maybe more like crimes against the young or elderly since they’re less able to defend themselves than a healthy adult. I hope he never sleeps the sleep of the innocent again. May his dreams be full of the images of the crimes he committed that cold, cold day.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mac

    How many of u people are actually going to head up to Canada to adopt one of thousands of dogs in these shelters. Please, if your not going to be part of the solution then you might as well be apart of the problem. Sad story, move on there are worse things happening around the world.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bella

      Well said!

      February 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoDoubt

      If I could adopt a dog, I would. If you don't care about the story, good for you. Other people do.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      If they would have reached out to the press then I'm sure the story would have garnered world wide attention and rescue groups would have stepped forward to help. After all, many of Vick's dogs were rescued and they were fighting dogs. Instead, company decided to take the *easy* way out and needlessly kill a bunch of loyal dogs. And BTW, many of us have the ability to be outraged over injustice committed against humans AND animals.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      You do not need to adopt a dog to be part of the Solution. We all have voices, that does more than money when enough people continue to speak out.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • trex

      Between Canada and the US, there are about 400,000,000 people, and he had 100 too many dos. My math says if if 1 in 4,000,000 people took 1 dog, the dogs would be alive today. 1 in 4,000,000. 1 in 4,000,000. 1 in 4,000,000.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • uj

      Missing the point Mac... the animal plight period needs to be brought out front in the spot light. As long as animal explotation exists, racing, laboratories, habitat destruction, human greed (furs) we can not give up shoving it up people's arsses like yours until you get it.... finally get it.... that it can not be allowed.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • itsmyturn

      "Man's inhumanity to man is only surpassed by his cruetly to animals." Mac, we will never know now will we? He never gave those dogs the chance to be adopted. We have many mushers in Vermont and I feel certain that 100 dogs would have found homes right here in Vermont. I would have been thrilled to help make that happen. He just didn't care and this gave him an excuse to release his violence and bloodlust on innocent creatures. Don't let him watch your babies.

      February 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CC

    This person neither loved nor cared one damn for these animals. To put them to death in such a manner only indicates a sadistic mind that enjoys killing. I highly doubt there were no alternatives regarding adoption, and even if there were none it does not justify slaughtering beautiful, healthy dogs. To claim he was "injured" and deserved compensation is even more horrific. The more I learn of human beings mistreating and destroying animals for their own stupid reasons, the less I think of the human race.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Diane

    I am so shaken by this...I cannot beleive anyone could do that to those poor innocent dogs. I have 3 dogs myself and cannot imagine if that happened to them. This is an outrage. That company should be put out of business and all involved should face prison time. Or better yet, have thier thoats slit and thrown into a mass grave.....disgusting.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cal777

      Two 'wrongs' does not a 'right' make.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lesa with an e

    The other side of this is these dogs are not your "normal every day bowser" They are bred for working and a family feeling sorry for a dog wouldnt be able to give it what it would need. So...this idiot should have euthenized these dogs. Its a sad ending . Horrible. This should have been handled by a person who gives a rats a** about a living creature. No one is FORCED to do anything. He should have walked away and sought help. I also believe he should pay back his PTSD payments and work at a shelter. OH maybe chased by a mad man with a gun and a knife...

    February 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lisa

    @ Hypocrite Nation:
    The slaughter of animals for human consumption is reviewed and they are not allowed to be shot, and walk around with their faces falling off...slaughter houses are regulated. We are not hypocrites. Also Canada does not suck, Canada is outraged that this happened. Blaming all Canadians for this slaughter is like blaming all Americans for M. Vick's actions. That is not the way it works, hold the people who did it responsible, not a whole nation.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Lisa, well said. Whistler is not the culprit for this mass killing. It's the company and the man who carried out this heinous act. People have to get that into perspective and not blame a beautiful country such as Canada where good and respectful people live. I live in the US, but I have to give credit where credit is due regarding Canada.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • WolfMan

      Lisa, you are so wrong about commercial slaughter houses. There's a reason why you can't watch the animals you eat be slaughtered. It is messy and barbaric, and generally unregulated. Commercial animals live their short lives in small enclosures too small for them to turn around or lie down. They stand in feces and are treated with antibiotics so we don't get sick from it. They are driven down a chute until they can be shot in the head with a stun gun, then are hooked behind a back leg and turned upside down and lifted into the air so that workers can start skinning and removing body parts. Most of them are dead at that point, but some aren't.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
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