Sled Dog Killer Won’t Get Jail TimeBy Michael Frank on November 26th, 2012
The man behind the grisly sled dog slayings near Whistler in April 2010 will not be going to jail for the crime. Robert Todd Fawcett, 40, has been fined $1,500, ordered to do 200 hours of community service, and sentenced to spend the next three years on probation. It’s a weak penalty for the slaughter of what’s now believed to be 56 sled dogs in the spring of 2010. But even now, with Fawcett sentenced after facing death threats from the animal rights community, far too much of this case remains both murky and confounding. Supposedly Fawcett was ordered to “cull” the dog head count at Outdoor Adventures Whistler because the tourism operation was under severe financial strain and couldn’t afford to feed the dogs. But whether that’s what compelled Fawcett and why the slaughter of these dogs happened at all still hasn’t come to light. The owner of OAW apparently declined to be interviewed by the RCMP and was never charged or implicated. Needless to say animal rights advocates are still fuming and there’s a campaign underway to outlaw dogsledding throughout B.C. Via Pique News.
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