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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:20 PM

Sled dog killer avoids jail sentence

"The man convicted in connection with the slaughter of 56 sled dogs after the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver has been handed a sentence of three years' probation with no jail time, plus a $1,500 fine.

The sentence was delivered Thursday in a North Vancouver courtroom against former dog handler Robert Fawcett.

Fawcett admitted to slaughtering the sled dogs and burying them in a pit on his property, claiming he had no other option when the sled dog industry collapsed following the Olympics.

He faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $75,000 in fines after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary pain and suffering to nine of the animals."



I recall reading about this when the story first broke. The guy who did the shooting, later claimed PTSD for having to do it. But the original story also described quite a brutal blood bath with dogs wounded (some with head shots), suffering and trying to escape.

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