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  1. jackie clay
    jackie clay January 31, 2011 8:07 pm

    That story made me feel like throwing up! There are hundreds of dog lovers and sled dog folks who would have happily taken dogs to rehome or keep forever! There is NO excuse for this kind of cruelty. NONE.


  2. Claire
    Claire January 31, 2011 8:34 pm

    Jackie — Amen. It’s not just sickening, but completely incomprehensible. I mean, even taking those dogs to the pound would have been better than what they chose to do. And then for the guy to claim that HE was traumatized. OMG.

    (And thanks for commenting here. I guess you know you’re one of my heroes.)

  3. bumperwack
    bumperwack January 31, 2011 10:34 pm

    agreed….bastard ought to get some serious time for this…

  4. Claire
    Claire February 1, 2011 7:28 am

    Lynn Swearingen — God, yes. That’s almost unreadable.

    But why did the guy do it? Why did he go along, even as he knew it was wrong? Sigh. There’s a question people have been asking for 70 years. But nobody was going to shoot him if he didn’t do it. Nobody was going to imprison him if he didn’t do it. He had choices and he didn’t take them.

  5. Pat
    Pat February 1, 2011 9:33 am

    Think how bad he would have felt if he had to KILL them, instead of “cull” them. [sarcasm] Why doesn’t the media call it by its right name?

  6. Michael
    Michael February 1, 2011 9:41 am

    God I feel sick. I sincerely hope they never make it to trial – sitting in prison for the rest of their lives would be too light a sentence for this. Strip them naked, cover them in the blood of those dogs and throw them to the surviving dogs to be dealt with, slowly and painfully.

  7. Pat
    Pat February 1, 2011 9:49 am

    I’d also like to know why the man’s identity is being withheld. Was this a media decision — and if so, why? — or something more political.

  8. Scott
    Scott February 1, 2011 10:38 am

    Greyhounds(or at least those dogs used in races) often suffer the same fate-or worse.Sometimes much worse. When I lived in Florida, losing dogs were often shot/given antifreeze,or some such. I think now there are rescue agencies,but not then(late ’70s/early’80s). Dog fighting was(is?) popular there…again, the losers suffered a truly nasty fate,and the “winners”(in both cases) were little better off. It’s my opinion that anyone who can be cruel to an animal can just as easily do the same to a person,especially someone at a disadvantage.

  9. Claire
    Claire February 1, 2011 11:46 am

    Scott — You’ve got a good memory about the plight of greyhounds back in those days. In fact, it was the cruel fate of greyhounds that started the whole trend toward private dog rescues and no-kill shelters.

    Pat — I wondered the same thing. Canada has very restrictive privacy laws.

    Michael — I hear you. It’s sickening what he did and sickening that he’s now trying to profit from being a “victim” of his own acts. Yet at the same time I feel at least a twinge of sympathy for him. Yeah, he’s responsible for what he did, but he had to have been caught in a horrendously awful corporate culture to have ever been ordered to do such a thing and to feel that he had no choice.

  10. Angel the Pit (via MamaSue Hollister)
    Angel the Pit (via MamaSue Hollister) February 1, 2011 12:18 pm


  11. bumperwack
    bumperwack February 1, 2011 12:48 pm

    smear em in rancid pork fat, give em to a starving bear

  12. Michael
    Michael February 1, 2011 12:57 pm

    The more I think about it, the more I REALLY feel bad for those remaining 200 dogs. They will probably be extremely difficult to socialize and could become pretty unpredictable around gun-shots and other loud noises having witnessed this.

    Horrible situation…and I feel exactly NEGATIVE sympathy for the guy that did this…a gun to my head couldn’t make me kill all of these dogs. It would be extremely difficult to suppress a violent response against a boss that would ask me to do such a thing.

  13. Pat
    Pat February 1, 2011 1:46 pm

    I agree, Michael.

    I’ve known some sled dogs, both Spitz- and Husky-types, and they are loyal, friendly and hard-working. Their owners/handlers feed them, train them, care for them, and love them as individual dogs. I keep thinking of the movie, Eight Below, If this company ran on dogs — literally and figuratively — I can’t imagine their destroying 100 animals because business was bad one year.

    I wonder if there’s something more behind this. I almost hope there is, because I now am suspicious of how any dog-sledding company handles their animals.

  14. Lynn Swearingen
    Lynn Swearingen February 1, 2011 4:54 pm

    Claire – I have no idea how a thinking human being could slaughter dog after dog in front of the “herd”. The terror induced to the animals by the “human” who was “just following orders” over the several day “cull” period cannot be measured.

    However the part that is even worse (if one can even measure worseness in this case) is the concept perhaps why these dogs were killed vs rescued.

    A “loss” of the working dog through accident or culling is a monetary “loss” for the business (i.e. a write off). If the dogs should be offered for rescue they are no longer a “loss” and monetary compensation would no longer be an option from the insurance company/whomever.

    I wonder what this person values in their life? Nothing short of all out wild dog pack attack of my livestock could induce this action from me.

  15. Ellendra
    Ellendra February 1, 2011 9:35 pm

    I’m with Pat, something smells fishy about this story. There’s some important detail being left out.

  16. Mikeck
    Mikeck February 2, 2011 5:48 am

    Sickening indeed and nothing can justify the slaughter. Why did it happen???for the same sickening reason “our” troops kill innocent people in far off lands, the belief in authority. Get, and read, Larken’s latest book which identifies the belief in authority as The Most Dangerous Superstition.

  17. Winston
    Winston February 3, 2011 12:50 pm

    Damn…that’s something you’d do to diseased cows, not healthy and highly trained dogs…

    There’s just no excuse for that. There’s “I was just following orders” and then there’s “I vass chust followink orters”. This is the latter.

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