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Old 02-02-2011, 12:52 AM
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On the up side, there's been a call to ban all dog sledding since if the companies run into financial trouble as it is right now there are no guarantees for what will happen to the dogs. Also, that company is currently suspended pending further investigation. In any event, all of the other employees seems to be genuinely shocked (although I have no idea what THEY think had happened to the dogs...) and no matter the outcome of the investigation, after news like this the company is finished.
Well thank goodness they're doing something about it. And yes I'm sure that company will be put out of business even if someone doesn't directly shut them down. I don't know if banning all dog sledding is really the solution but if they can't set up a fool proof plan to take care of the dogs no matter what happens with the company I think it's a good idea. Plus there should be new laws put into place to protect any type of working dog.
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Thanks for the info Carmel, its comforting to know they'll be put out of business for this. I just hope that when they are someone handles the remaining dogs with more care... I agree with Esme, I don't think banning the sled dog sport is a good idea. More laws protecting the animals involved would be a far better solution. I know there are mushers out there that DO take good care of their dogs, like Dakota

On the idea that no one wants larger dogs in Canada and how the sled dogs aren't suited to family homes... Sled dog types are in HUGE demand in the states. Huskies are the #1 stolen breed down here. Also, there are rescue groups that rehab racing greyhounds and put them in family homes all the time. It seems like there should be some rescue group that does similar for sled dogs and places them in homes down here in the states. That way sled dogs have a place to go when they're no longer needed for sledding other than 6 feet under.
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I know nothing about sled dogs, but I would think that it would have been more beneficial for the company to sell them to other musher's. Why would you kill off a huge investment like 100 well trained dogs. Not only the cost of the dog, but part of the man hours used to train them could have been regained.
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Thanks for the info Carmel, its comforting to know they'll be put out of business for this. I just hope that when they are someone handles the remaining dogs with more care... I agree with Esme, I don't think banning the sled dog sport is a good idea. More laws protecting the animals involved would be a far better solution. I know there are mushers out there that DO take good care of their dogs, like Dakota

On the idea that no one wants larger dogs in Canada and how the sled dogs aren't suited to family homes... Sled dog types are in HUGE demand in the states. Huskies are the #1 stolen breed down here. Also, there are rescue groups that rehab racing greyhounds and put them in family homes all the time. It seems like there should be some rescue group that does similar for sled dogs and places them in homes down here in the states. That way sled dogs have a place to go when they're no longer needed for sledding other than 6 feet under.
You're welcome. I had to join this site just to give everyone an update on events.

Banning sledding permanently is not the objective, but people are so outraged over this that they want companies like this one to temporarily suspend activities until there can be laws put in place for the protection of these dogs. This is just talk so far, but I think so many people are outraged that some changes are going to be in the works.

Ah, don't get the impression that people don't want larger dogs in Canada! Of course people want larger dogs in Canada! However in bigger cities like mine (Vancouver) they aren't as desirable for many people since there aren't as many large properties and many people live in apartments/condos. I'm sure in more rural areas people owning bigger dogs are a lot more common but the fact remains that all dogs I see on the SPCA website for adoption in our province are larger dogs. The smaller ones never make in on the website likely because they are spoken for so quickly. I kind of thought that was the same everywhere; larger dogs cost more and likely need more exercise and obedience training... if some people no longer have that small cute little puppy and are faced with a monster that can jump fences, knock you over and be hard to handle they end up in a shelter. The "shortage" of smaller dogs in shelters may not even be the case in other provinces but that's how it is on the West Coast.

On the news last night they showed a rehabilitation center for working dogs in the province, so we do have them, but the lady that works with these dogs mentioned that it's incredibly hard to find a place for them unless it's on another sledding team. I hardly think a place like that, or even many places like that, could've handled 100 dogs.

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I know nothing about sled dogs, but I would think that it would have been more beneficial for the company to sell them to other musher's. Why would you kill off a huge investment like 100 well trained dogs. Not only the cost of the dog, but part of the man hours used to train them could have been regained.
You are exactly right. They could have actually made money over time to feed the other dogs by selling the extra 100. But its a good thing that they were found out because I wouldn't want somebody who doesn't care about their dogs and only sees them as a way to make money to be in this sport.
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Banning sledding permanently is not the objective, but people are so outraged over this that they want companies like this one to temporarily suspend activities until there can be laws put in place for the protection of these dogs. This is just talk so far, but I think so many people are outraged that some changes are going to be in the works.
Ahh, that makes more sense. There's such a long and interesting tradition in sledding that I'd hate to see it completely banned because of one greedy and unethical company taking advantage of the lack of laws. Hopefully it wont take too long for the politicians to work out some fair laws so the dogs and their mushers can go back to doing what they love.

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Ah, don't get the impression that people don't want larger dogs in Canada! Of course people want larger dogs in Canada! However in bigger cities like mine (Vancouver) they aren't as desirable for many people since there aren't as many large properties and many people live in apartments/condos. I'm sure in more rural areas people owning bigger dogs are a lot more common but the fact remains that all dogs I see on the SPCA website for adoption in our province are larger dogs. The smaller ones never make in on the website likely because they are spoken for so quickly. I kind of thought that was the same everywhere; larger dogs cost more and likely need more exercise and obedience training... if some people no longer have that small cute little puppy and are faced with a monster that can jump fences, knock you over and be hard to handle they end up in a shelter. The "shortage" of smaller dogs in shelters may not even be the case in other provinces but that's how it is on the West Coast.
Ahh that makes sense. In the states little dogs have a fair bit of demand, but there's always a good selection of little dogs in the shelters around here (fellow west coaster, just a bit south of you ), but the highest population is usually bully breed mixes. I think that's more because of their undeservedly bad reputation than their size however. Husky types always get snapped up out of the shelters super fast however, so I still think that the rescue groups up by you would find many willing homes to take in their rehabbed dogs if they paired up with one of our local rescue groups. Its just a matter of rehabbing the dogs fast enough to keep up with the demand at that point, not that you can really "speed up" rehab
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i mean... might sound bad but a better idea would have just been releasing them in to the wild... might be illegal up there i dont know... but at least some, maybe most would have survived... better then killing them all, god this turns my stomach... btw the us already has way too many dogs as it is... the odds of someone finding a home for a sled dog down here are slim to none
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