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Nicolette Richer

Whistler

 

 

Squamish walk for the dogs

Like many I was speechless when I first heard of the unthinkable act that took place in Whistler back in April of 2010 in regards to the inhumane and brutal mass killing of 100 sled dogs. I am frustrated with our government and the laws currently in place, which allow such acts like this to take place and accountability not being enforced. I want to see change and I hope I am not alone.

So on Saturday, February 12 starting at 1 p.m. there will be a Dog Rally here in Squamish. I really encourage anyone and everyone who wants to participate to please show your support rain or shine. We will be walking our dogs from Squamish Elementary School (again at 1 p.m. so arrive a little earlier) to Stan Clarke Park. It is not our intent to disturb traffic, nor the daily operations for businesses or individuals. Those who walk their dogs will be asked to bring doggy bags to clean up after their four-legged companions, and I will personally walk at the back of the pack to make sure this happens.

I must be honest and tell you that I am not sure how many people will come out, but as a dog lover myself and having many in my life I cannot imagine what it would be like if it happened to one of my own. I am frustrated and I know others are as well. I am hoping this rally can allow us to constructively vent our frustrations and collectively come together showing our support for tougher laws and higher accountability for those who use dogs for the purpose of work.

I plan to circulate a petition, as well as encourage others to share their frustrations or voice their concerns. However, this will be done peacefully as there will be a zero-tolerance for violence and threats despite our anger. People can definitely bring their own signs if they wish to do so, and you do not need a dog to participate.

There will be an opportunity to show your support for the local Squamish SPCA by bringing a donation that will go directly to them and a letter will be read explaining the BC SPCA's position in the investigation that was implemented by Premier Gordon Campbell.

Let's take a stand, show that we love dogs, do not want to see slaughters like this happening ever again, and bring closure to a very disturbing incident which left a scar on the 2010 Winter Olympics and even Canada. Anyone wanting more information is encouraged to email me at Michael.a.t.Enders@gmail.com.