VANCOUVER, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Outdoor Adventures Whistler (OAW) only
recently learned of tragic and regrettable events regarding a cull of
animals at Howling Dog Tours Whistler Inc. (Howling Dogs) that are the
subject of a WCB ruling issued last week. Contrary to media reports,
OAW did not instruct the General Manager to carry out the cull in the
manner described in the report.
OAW was aware of the relocation and euthanization of dogs at Howling
Dogs in April 2010 but it was our expectation that it was done in a
proper, legal and humane manner. We only learned otherwise on Friday,
January 28 when we read the WCB ruling for the first time.
OAW is now investigating the matter.
While OAW has had a financial interest in Howling Dogs for 4 years the
operational control of the company remained with the employee referred
to in the WCB ruling who was the General Manager of Howling Dogs at the
time of the incident. The employee in question in the ruling submitted
both the employee report and the employer report to WCB.
Not long after the events of late April, the employee in question ceased
managing the business. This employee continues to get our support as he
heals from his injuries and illness. Because of the information in the
WCB ruling pertaining to his emotional condition we don't feel it is
appropriate to release further information about this individual.
In May 2010 Outdoor Adventures assumed operational control of Howling
Dogs. With professional consultation and new leadership, Howling Dogs
made significant changes to the business, the intention of which was to
ensure humane treatment of our dogs and improved safety protocols of
the operation. Measures included:
Relocation and delivery of dogs throughout Canada. Approximately 75 of
the most capable dogs were delivered across British Columbia, Alberta
and Ontario to other operations. These dogs were given away for free
and delivered at Howling Dog's expense.
The neutering of all male dogs in the kennel to mitigate unwanted
pregnancies and ultimately manage our population. This program was
designed and implemented with our staff and our veterinarian in
Creation of an open-pen style kennel where dogs are not tethered or
chained. Consulted with animal behavioral specialists and professionals
to determine the best format and layout for this type of
kennel. Currently 85% of our kennel has been transitioned with a goal
of 100% transitioned before Summer 2011.
It is now company policy that any dogs requiring euthanasia do so at our
veterinarian's office. To this effect there are no firearms on our
We have hired a new manager for Howling Dogs who with the support of key
operational staff at Outdoor Adventures is working to craft the finest
dogsled operation in the world with the highest standards in the
On December 1, 2010 our veterinarian conducted his bi-annual inspection
of all dogs and kennel conditions and the summary of his report reads,
"Overall, I am very pleased at the substantive improvements seen at the
facility and have no concerns about the dogs' quality of life or for
the care they are provided. Overall, this is a healthy and well cared
for group of dogs."
SOURCE Outdoor Adventures at Whistler Ltd.
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