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. zaphod2000

    This guy is more useless than those poor dogs. How about putting him down like he did those dogs. Just make sure, like some dogs, that it's a slow death!

    February 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    What's the difference between this & animal shelters that take in dogs then put them down? (other than the fact he totally botched putting them down). I'm not saying what he did is right, I'm just saying that thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dogs get put down every day in animal / rescue shelters yet no one gets up in arms about that.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scarlett

      First of all, shelters attempt to place them before they are put down. Secondly, it is the manner in which they were killed that makes it awful and inhumane. I don't believe that a vet refused to put down the dogs. I believe that the owner was too cheap to pay to have that many animals euthanized and chose to take the cheap way out of it. I don't think it is too much to ask that a humane method of euthanasia be used.

      February 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • car

      Did you think that maybe it's different because animal shelters DO NOT SHOOT or SLIT THE THROUT of the animals being euthenized? It's different because shelters attempt to find homes for the animals prior to the last option, euthenasia. This was a BUSINESS who was only worried about MONEY. How dare they MURDER 100 healthy dogs that could have been sold, placed with families for free, etc. There were several options that were not used. This is NOTHING like animals in a shelter.

      February 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      Not only that, but many shelters have zero-kill policies in place. I'm sure you've heard of the SPCA, they're on of them. The only time they would put an animal down is if it's to end suffering due to sickness/old age etc. Some animals spend months even years at the shelter until they are adopted out. Please don't assume that all shelters euthanize!

      February 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Wow Jim, do you really need to ask??

      February 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dee

    This is the saddest story I've seen in a while...he could've tried to give the dogs away as pets, or contacted a shelter, or SOMETHING...but why shoot them?? Those dogs have made him so much money in the past, and he just shoots them...like they're garbage?? This guy needs to rot in prison for the rest of his life.

    The guy claiming PTSD...he should've have had anything to do with the dogs being harmed in the first place!!!!!! It's not PTSD, it's a thing called GUILT, that feeling comes after you know you've done something very wrong. For being an accomplice to the MURDERS, that guy should rot too.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dc

    I hope that he has nightmares for the rest of his life and I hope it is a long one. Animals are completely at our mercy which gives us a great deal of power and thus a great deal of responsibility.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Margery Glickman

    What happened to the sled dogs in Whistler is not as unusual as people imagine. Many professional mushers, like those who race in the Iditarod, breed large numbers of dogs to get a handful of good racers. Dogs who are unwanted for any reason are routinely killed. They are shot, drowned, beaten or dragged to death. It's clear that some dogs have painful deaths. Many professional dog racers also have sled dog tour businesses. Most have more than 100 dogs. More information is on Sled Dog Action Coalition website: helpsleddogs.org.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • car

      Please do not make it sound like this is "normal" behavior for people with sled dogs. Have you ever been to the kennel of an Iditarod dog musher? I can tell you that in MOST cases, the dogs eat and live better than the humans. Yes, I have been to some of their kennels and have lived around sled dogs for most of my life. Take your PETA agenda elsewhere and do not lump dog mushers as a whole in with this very sick incident.

      February 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • EAW

      THANK YOU CAR...I appreciate your comments back to M. Glickman!

      February 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Becky

    Filing a claim for workmen's compensation because he has post-traumatic stress from horrifically slaughtering all those dogs? No...he does not deserve government benefits. He deserves a very long prison sentence. He had a choice thus he did it willingly, with forethought, and malice. He could have walked away and reported what his employer was about to do.

    This is yet another example of the greedy exploitation of animals. There are many guilty parties here. Those who licensed this operation without a thought to the end result when the Olympic tourists went home. Those who paid for a ride in a dog sled. Those who sold so many dogs to one concern without asking the whys and wherefores. Those who owned the dogs and wanted the quickest, cheapest way to rid themselves of animals that had made them huge profits. And this jerk wants taxpayer money to help him recover from the crimes he committed? No...he should be haunted for the remainder of his life and he should spend that life in prison.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • jayellpea

      right on!

      February 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kit

      As I said before; If this guy really feels guilty, why would he try to profit from it? It's obvious he's full of it.

      February 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tadepalli

    Some people treat animals as pets and other treat them solely as livestock. One is emotionally attached the other is not. Zero blood method of euthanizing should have been the way .

    February 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CanadianErin

    Well then if by your description we are "uncivilized" than you are too, or else you are extremely naive. Are you aware of Colorado's dog sled tours, Alaska's? Are you aware of Alaska's whale hunting (Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission)? How about the yearly horse slaughter? Didn't think so. Do your homework before you throw insults! Animal cruelty happens around the world and for what happens in Canada I am ashamed, but only a narrow minded person would take the actions of a few and label an entire country!!

    February 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      I agree that no one should make generalized remarks about any group based on the idiocy of one person or small group within its ranks.

      February 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Of course, Erin. It's just so comforting for some people to point fingers and feel superior (until the next shameful thing that happens here ...). However I think a very strong response from the govt. and local authorities is needed to prevent some economic damage – besides being the right thing to do!

      February 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SF

    The double blade is that if the company looses more money due this situation..then what will be the out come of the other 200 hundred dogs?

    February 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadiangirllll

      Everyone has such harsh opinions on here!!!! I don't think it is fair to attack a country as a when one person does such a countless act!!! Has anyone heard of the 700 horses a rancher in Montana decided to stop feeding and leave them to die??????
      What about them??(The Horses) most of them are still alive and can be saved!!
      maybe one should clean there own backyard before you criticize anther!!

      February 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    This is sick. I usually dont believe in capital punishment but in this case I think I can look the other way.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Angela

    BS Outdoor Adventures knew exactly what was happening and is only trying to reduce their own liability.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ally

    I hope this guy gets treatment for his post traumatic stress syndrom....in prison! I hope he gets 100 counts of Animal cruelty and is never allowed to have access to other animals indefinately. This story is sad, and that man in pathetic...I have no sympethy for how he feels for what he did to those dogs. He had a choice.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      And he says he went through "an ordeal". Just like some Nazi guards in the camps might have said. What a disgusting excuse for a human being.

      February 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    Further proof that Canadians are generally GARBAGE.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • IxNay

      Sadly the Iditarod is known for its cruelty toward animals. Dog culling is common by sledders. This is not just a Canadian thing.

      February 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoyo

      And another reason why we think you're morons.

      February 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. IxNay

    It is so sad to hear about this but sadly, dog culling of sled dogs when they become too plentiful is too common.Beautiful huskies pulling sleds looks romantic, but it is actually a brutal business. Those poor animals.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • car

      It is not a fair comparison to lump the Iditarod in with this situation. It is not even remotely close. You also don't even have your facts right as the vast majority of dog mushers in Alaska aren't racing purebred huskies. Most are mixed breed dogs.

      February 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      So what car? I don't want any dog to die like this!

      February 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marianne

    This is so sick. Just because they are animals and business was slow is no reason to kill. Any employee asked to do this kind of thing should just say NO and report it to the Animal Rights Agency.To receive workmans' compensation is another slap in the face, he deserves the nightmares. Government needs to get theirhead out of the snowbank and prosecute the owners. There are plenty of people who would have adopted the animals. I say boycot them all. We need a law which is enforced for breeding and neutering unwanted animals. STOP over breeding and mixing bloodlines just because their cute.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
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