Sled dog slaughter trial moved amid threats

Photo of a dog taken from the Outdoor Adventures Whistler website.

Photo of a dog taken from the Outdoor Adventures Whistler website.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:03 PM ET

VANCOUVER — The trial of a man accused in the mass slaughter of nearly 60 sled dogs near Whistler, B.C., has been moved after he received threats.

Robert Fawcett, former general manager of Howling Dog Tours, is charged with animal cruelty and was initially to be tried in a Pemberton, B.C., court.

Security concerns, however, led to the trial being changed to a more secure court in North Vancouver.

The B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals exhumed the bodies of 56 dogs believed to be victims of a mass killing after the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Details of the slaughter were made public after Fawcett filed a Worker's Compensation claim, with claims he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fawcett’s next appearance is June 19.

 


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