No jail for man who killed Whistler sled dogs

No jail time for the man accused of killing sled dogs in Whistler.

Robert Fawcett has been given three years probation and a $1,500 fine after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary pain and suffering to nine dogs.

The Crown had asked the judge to sentence Fawcett to three years probation, 200 hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine.

In making its sentencing submission, the Crown noted that Fawcett has no previous criminal involvement, he has lost his career, and has received numerous threats following intense media coverage.

In total, 56 dogs were killed when the sled dog company Fawcett was working for saw a slump in business following the 2010 Olympic Games.

The SPCA found the animals in a mass grave. The BC SPCA’s Marcie Moriarty said she is absolutely shocked by the sentence.