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Regulations introduced for sled dog operators

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Whistler now has business regulations governing the operation of commercial kennels and sled dog operators.

The regulations set a number of conditions for commercial operators, including: providing a separate shelter for each dog; daily cleanup and sanitization of the kennel compound; separate pens for female dogs in heat and female dogs with litters; licences for all dogs, and allowing licensing inspectors, animal control officers, RCMP members and SPCA officers to inspect the kennels at reasonable times.

The new regulations came about after a request by Cougar Mountain Adventures to zone property for a kennel for the company’s sled dog operation. At that time council suggested staff look into regulations to ensure the welfare of sled dogs.

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