Dog owners parade against cruelty to canines

Some 500 people turn out for walking rally along Kelowna's waterfront to protest inhumane treatment to dogs

Dog owners turned out in full force Sunday to send a clear public message: The controversial slaughter of more than 100 sled dogs in Whistler last year is unacceptable.

Demonstration participants gathered at the Sails and proceeded to walk along the boardwalk and back, with their pets alongside them for the journey.

Many also took time to sign a poster created by the march organizers to protest the killing of the dogs in Whistler. The matter is now the subject of a provincial investigation by a committee struck by Premier Gordon Campbell, headed up by Kamloops MLA Terry Lake, who is a veterinarian.

The killing of the Whistler sled dogs only came to light after media organizations in Vancouver sought the report on the application for benefits from WorkSafe B.C.submitted by the individual responsible for the slaughter, his second attempt to do so after his initial application was turned down.

He claimed the stress he endured since the sled dog cull was carried out made it difficult for him to go back to work.

The focus of today’s march in Kelowna was to make a point that the need to have to kill the dogs was not an appropriate action under any circumstances.