Murdered Siberian Huskies In BC More Than Simple Cruelty to Animals


My son owns a beautiful Siberian Husky dog named Niko, pictured above. Niko has ice blue eyes and a gorgeous red and white coat. He's my son's constant companion. To say that my son loves Niko would be an understatement, it's way beyond that. I think Niko, above even the people in my son's life, has been such a huge source of comfort and companionship to my son. Huskies are intelligent, loving, and devoted pets.

This is why the news story concerning the murdered Siberian Huskies in Whistler, British Columbia really hit home with our family. In case you haven't heard the story, it would probably never have come to light had one of the employees of Whistler Outdoor Adventures not filed a Workman's Compensation suit claiming post-traumatic stress against the company. On April 23 and 24 of 2010, 100 Siberian Huskies were shot or knifed to death at Outdoor Adventures by this employee at the order of his supervisor, because business had dropped and they were no longer needed.

Dogs As Expendables

The huskies were one of the "adventures" that could be had at the company and could be rented for two hours for a sled dog ride at the rate of 250 pounds a shot. Business fell off sharply after the 2010 Olympics ended and the Outdoor Adventures company says they could not find a vet who would put down the dogs since nothing was wrong with them and they could not find homes for the dogs. so the company basically conducted a "culling" of the herd. It was a business decision since they couldn't afford to keep the 300 dogs they currently owned.

Just Another Day

The worker who filed the PTSD claim said that he shot many of the dogs at point blank range and once he ran out of ammunition, those who remained were tackled and their throats were slit with a knife. Once he was finished, the dogs were thrown in a mass grave, some of them still half alive. The owner of Outdoor Adventures told authorities that he had made every effort possible to find homes for the dogs.

Hmmm...did you see 100 Siberian Huskies listed on Craiglist? How about an ad in the paper? How about just an article in the paper explaining the owner's plight offering the dogs up for adoption? How about anything on the evening news? It would have made a great human interest story.

Of course not. Only now instead of a story about 100 lucky dogs finding new homes and 100 lucky people finding wonderful, devoted pets, the human interest story has to do with 100 animals senselessly murdered and business decisions being made that are beyond cruel and inhumane.

The Aftermath

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has rightly become involved in the case. Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said "the slaughter left her sickened and said it is the worst case she's ever handled." The man who actually killed the animals name was withheld initially, but once released, he began receiving death threats.

In case you think that the dogs were just dumb animals and they weren't really aware of what was happening to them, at least two of the dogs tried to attack the worker as he slaughtered the other animals. Surely dumb animals would not have tried to halt the cruelty they witnessed against their fellow creatures.

It Gets Worse

Bob Fawcett, the employee of Outdoor Adventures Whistler who actually conducted the slaughter on orders from his supervisor, won his Workman's Compensation claim and was awarded a settlement.

Is this not unbelievable? Who took his hand and forced him to pull the trigger on those defenseless animals? What ever happened to free will? It seems that we have become a civilization of people who do what we're told and then whine later saying it wasn't our fault, we were just following orders. I seem to recall the same sort of excuses being made during the Nazi War Crimes trials and the brutal slaughter of the Jews who were also thrown into mass graves.

I am sure there are many of you who will say this is different, those were human beings, and these were just animals, and it's wrong to trivialize what happened during the Holocaust. But is it so different, really, to look straight into the eyes of any creature, particularly the beautiful eyes of a husky and pull the trigger? Is it so different when life has so little value that we can eliminate it and then try to turn a profit from it? Have we become so desensitized that life, any life, becomes insignificant when it comes down to dollars and cents?

My son says there's a special place in hell reserved for people like this...I would have to agree.

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lrohner 6 years ago from USA

Thanks for writing this hub. I read the news story and I was totally sickened by what happened. More people to read about this know what went on so this kind of thing never happens again.

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DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Irohner, I absolutely agree. My son posted it on his facebook and so many people had never even heard about it. It makes you wonder how much other stuff goes on that never even makes the news.

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stey_true 6 years ago from Maine

Great Hub! I do not believe they tried to find these dogs homes. As you said there was nothing posted on craigslist, Uncle Henry's, and nothing on the news. I believe if they actually wanted to home the Siberian Huskies they would have had no trouble at all. It really says a lot about these people that they could do something so horrible to great animals.

My 9 year old female husky is not even a dog or an animal to me. She is my best friend, and I would do anything for her. It really upsets me knowing that other people could have had a wonderful chance of having this feeling with one of these huskies.

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DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Stey_true, I absolutely agree. We love Niko. I can't imagine what kind of person could look an animal like that in the eyes and take its life.

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stey_true 6 years ago from Maine

Exactly! I never want to meet someone that could hurt an innocent animal.

By the way Niko is stunning! I love red/white huskies. You can see that Niko has a great personality just by looking at his eyes.

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DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Thanks, I'll tell my son! I only wish my eyes were the color of his!

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stey_true 6 years ago from Maine

I want some gorgeous blue husky eyes too! :)

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sfrentz06 6 years ago from Sterling Heights, MI, USA

Wow! I don't have words to say how disturbed this hub made me feel. It's very well written, but I can't being a lifelong animal lover I can't believe there was no alternative. A shelter, add or something like you mentioned could have provided homes for the animals. Having adopted a dog myself, I do not believe for an instant that there was nothing else the company could do. Thanks for sharing and spreading awareness.

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siberblogger 6 years ago

I own three Siberian Huskies myself two of which I rescued. When I head news of this despicable act it turned my stomach. All too often huskies are subject to unjust torture and pain. There was a case of two huskies that were shot and nearly died in Central Florida by a man who claimed they were attacking his cows. To make this even worse was that someone saw this and video taped the whole thing. You could see the distraught owner running and yelling for him to stop and the man looked and kept firing at the dog even after it was on the ground yelping trying to crawl away. I have very little tolerance for such cruelty.

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DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Thanks for the comments, sf and siberblogger. You're right, I keep even think about it without getting angry all over again. I also read that one of the huskies he murdered was the mother of a husky who was his own family pet. This was beyound inhumane.

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siberblogger 6 years ago

Thought I would mention there there has been another case of violence towards a Siberian Husky. You can read about it on this hub page

Dianne M. Fisher 5 years ago

I have one beatiful dog[siberian husky] that had the same thing done to them

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DIYweddingplanner 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Dianne, so sorry about your husky. We love Niko to pieces and would be devastated if anything happened to him.

animal lover 4 years ago

why would someone do that to an animal. did they go to jail? they should have they are so mean.

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Helena Ricketts 4 years ago from Indiana

Your son is absolutely right, there is a special place in hell for these types of people. I own a husky too that looks very similar to his and couldn't imagine in a million years WHY someone would do something like this.

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