Sled dog killer given light sentence – and Oklahoma forms animal-welfare roundtable

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The man who killed 100 sled dogs in Whistler, B.C. Canada back in 2010 was handed a very light punishment in court – “three years probation, 200 hours of community service, a $1,725 fine, a three-year ban on commercial involvement with animals and a 10-year firearms ownership prohibition” – according to a story posted Friday on Yahoo News.

Robert Fawcett was accused of shooting the dogs or slitting their throats before tossing their bodies into a mass grave. The maximum punishment for an offense such as this would have been five years in prison and up to a $75,000 fine.

So once again, we see someone horribly torture animals only to have a court pat them on the back and send them on their way. It’s terrible. Where is this court’s responsibility in protecting the innocent? Have some courts in the US and Canada turned away from being the bedrock of the criminal justice system? Have they turned into the criminal support system?

AND – In Oklahoma, a roundtable has been formed to discuss animal-welfare topics.

The lead paragraph of the NewsOK article reads, “” Where animals fare well, children, families and individuals fare well. This is one of the guiding principals of The Oklahoma Roundtable for Animal Welfare. “”

The most pressing issues identified by the group: ” …. education for the general public and industry professionals; minimum standards of care in various fields from animal rescues to shelters to livestock production; disaster preparedness and response, affordable services and education outreach for underserved populations; regulation of exotic and wildlife ownership and trade, community and field awareness related to the human/animal bond; and support for law enforcement agencies.”

I wish them great success.