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Dog kills a “shock to us all”, says Tourism Whistler

100 dogs believed killed in post-Olympic cull

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Asked whether such mass killings are common in the dogsled industry, she said her own retired dogs still live with her.

"I've got dogs here that don't like to work," Hargreaves said. "I try to place them in homes. If they don't, then they hang out."

Reactions around the resort have veered from sadness to outright anger, despite the perpetrator not being identified. A Facebook group titled "Boycotting Outdoor Adventures in BC, Whistler" had over 600 members signed up as of 4 p.m. and more were signed up each time the page was refreshed.

Comments demand accountability of the company, particularly its owner, Joey Houssian, who is the son of Intrawest founder Joe Houssian. One member posted his Facebook profile on the site and encouraged others to send him personal messages.

Houssian has not returned calls to the Pique for comment on the story.

Corey Steinberg, a Whistler lawyer who is representing the employee, initially planned to have a news conference in the Summit Lodge at noon.

However, Pique arrived at the lodge only to discover that it had been cancelled. When Pique called the Double Diamond Law Corporation, the office where Steinberg works, the receptionist said they would have no comment on the matter today.

Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations with the SPCA, said the Society has launched an investigation and the RCMP is "assisting as needed." She expressed anger that WorkSafe BC didn't give it info about the dogs earlier but investigators now know where the site of the mass grave is.

"We were just flipped the decision Friday night by CKNW," she said. "To be honest, that is something that certainly angers me. I don't know if WorkSafe BC could have given us the info. Realistically, now the ground's frozen. It hinders our investigation, needless to say, now that it's months later."

Outdoor Adventures has contracted Hoggan and Associates, a Vancouver PR firm, to assist with communications around the incident.

In a statement issued on Monday morning, Outdoor Adventures said it "only recently" learned about "tragic and regrettable events regarding a cull of animals at Howling Dog Tours Whistler Inc. (Howling Dogs)" that were the subject of the WorkSafe B.C. compensation.

OAW has had a financial interest in Howling Dogs for four years though operational control remained with the employee who is the subject of the WCB case.