Below is a timeline of the BC SPCA¹s contact with the company:
May 28, 2010 The BC SPCA met with the tour operator at the company¹s
request. The BC SPCA was contacted by an employee of the company to resolve
some issues that had arisen as a result of infighting within the management
of the company. At this meeting the BC SPCA outlined care guidelines
required for the animals. No request for assistance in rehoming dogs was
made at this meeting.
At this meeting the BC SPCA was unaware of the slaughter which took place on
April 21 and 23 and only learned of the situation when the society received
a copy of the WorkSafeBC report on Jan. 28, 2011.
July, 2010 An employee of the company contacted the BC SPCA by email with
concerns about the care of the dogs. An SPCA constable followed up with the
owner of the company with regard to the complaint.
July, 2010 The tour operator contacted the BC SPCA and other rescue
organizations to indicate they may be looking to dispose of dogs to other
groups in the future. The BC SPCA was dealing with an overwhelming number of
animals in our shelters and was not able to help immediately but continued
September, 2010 The BC SPCA was able to assist with rehoming at this time
and arranges to take 40-60 dogs into SPCA care. The BC SPCA made
arrangements to transport the dogs on Oct. 14, but on the evening of Oct. 13
the company contacted the SPCA to say they had managed to rehome the dogs
elsewhere and would not need assistance.
January 28, 2011 CKNW News contacted the BC SPCA with a copy of the
WorkSafeBC report outlining the slaughter of 100 sled dogs. An animal
cruelty investigation was immediately launched.
We are deeply disappointed in Vancouver Sun story. The BC SPCA contacted
Ms. Pemberton before the story was published to ensure that she was aware of
the timeline of events and reiterated that the BC SPCA had no prior
knowledge of the inhumane slaughter of these animals.
We appreciate the opportunity to clarify these facts with our supporters and
all those who join us in the fight against animal cruelty. The BC SPCA
investigation into this horrific incident continues and charges of animal
cruelty are pending.
Chief Executive Officer