Man charged for Whistler sled dog cull expected to plead guilty in court

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A man charged with the slaughter of more than 50 sled dogs near Whistler, B.C. two years ago is expected to plead guilty in court today.

Robert Fawcett is facing one count of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to the dogs.

The 56 dogs were dug up in a mass grave near Whistler after details leaked out in January 2011 through a worker's compensation claim of post-traumatic stress disorder.

A man calling himself Bob Fawcett had written on a PTSD website about how the dogs were shot or had their throats slit before being dumped in the grave.

After the incident came to light, Fawcett and the company that bought his business said that many of the animals were old and ill and efforts to have them adopted were not successful.

The slaughter garnered international attention and prompted the B.C government to bring in tough new anti-cruelty laws to protect sled dogs, covering issues such as working conditions and euthanasia.

Geographic location: Whistler

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