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pulse look Kelly Joe Phelps Page 15 Friday, November 23, 2012 West Van: 148 pages North Van: 136 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! rev Jackets for Jasper Page 27 2013 Acura RDX Page 53 Voted Canada’s Best Community Newspaper No jail for Whistler sled dog killer Crown agrees to probation, community service and $5K fine Jane Seyd A man who sparked international outrage by shooting dozens of Whistler sled dogs in a mass cull in 2010 will not go to jail. Crown prosecutor Nicole Gregoire told North Vancouver provincial court Judge Steven Merrick on Thursday jail wasn’t needed for Robert Fawcett, a former employee of the sled dog tour company Outdoor Adventures, noting he has already become a pariah, suffered intense media scrutiny and feels extreme remorse for his actions. Instead, Gregoire asked for three years probation, combined with 200 hours of community work service and a $5,000 fine. Animal rights advocates sobbed and gasped in a packed North Vancouver courtroom Thursday morning as a Crown prosecutor described in graphic detail how about 50 Whistler sled dogs were killed. Fawcett was sentenced after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary pain and suffering to nine of the dogs that were culled in a two-day period after a slump in the business following the 2010 Whistler Olympics. The case set off an international media firestorm when details of the case became public after Fawcett filed a claim with WorkSafe BC for post-traumatic stress disorder connected to the dog cull. Fawcett later told another employee of the tour company, “‘Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong,’” said Gregoire. Reading from an agreed statement of facts, Gregoire outlined how Fawcett euthanized the dogs by shooting them with a .22 rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun, after he felt he had run out of options to either find them homes or continue to care for them. Fawcett decided to use a gun to kill the dogs after a veterinarian refused to euthanize that many dogs. Fawcett later said he never imagined the scene would be as “horrific” as it was. In court, Gregoire described graphic details of the dog cull, including Fawcett chasing panicked dogs and wrestling them to the ground, dogs biting him and See Gory page 3 NV trucker faces lengthy sentence for drug running Brent Richter A North Vancouver man with connections to the Hells Angels will face at least 10 years in prison for his role in smuggling drugs between Canada and the United States. NEWS photo Mike Wakefield ANIMAL rights protesters, some with dogs, were waiting outside the North Vancouver provincial courthouse Thursday morning for sled dog killer Robert Fawcett to appear for sentencing. James Postlethwaite, 60, was convicted in a Washington state courtroom last week of conspiracy to distribute marijuana — a charge that carries a minimum 10-year sentence because of the large amount of drugs being transported. The group Postlethwaite was accused for working with was bringing in as much 450 to 900 kilograms of marijuana every month and returning to Canada with 100 to 200 kilograms of cocaine, according to a press release from U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan. Postlethwaite made as many as 95 trips carrying hundreds of pounds of drugs See more page 5 BEST RATES ON THE NORTH SHORE Key Insurance Services 105–200 West Esplanade, North Vancouver Offering the Key Home Advantage. Call us and save your money. 604 982 3111 HOUSE VALUE $400,000 $750,000 COMPARE & SAVE CONTENTS LIABILITY YEARLY PREMIUM $320,000 $600,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $337 $556 Current rates based on all discounts.

North Shore News November 23 2012

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