Company in sled dog death probe vandalized

April 1, 2011 at 6:07 PM
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 1 (UPI) -- The British Columbia offices of an outdoor adventure company being investigated in connection with the slaughter of 100 sled dogs was vandalized, police say.

Red paint was thrown on windows and a walkway Thursday at the Outdoor Adventures office in Whistler Village north of Vancouver, The (Vancouver) Province reported.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Staff Sgt. Steve LeClaire said the company has not heard from anyone claiming responsibility but offered a possible reason for the use of red paint.

"With animal-rights group and activists, the red paint symbolizes blood," he said.

An anonymous correspondence by the Animal Liberation Front, sent to the North American Animal Liberation offices, claimed responsibility for the act.

"On the night of March 29th in Whistler, B.C. ALF decided to do what the Canadian government should have done in the first place, punish Outdoor Adventures for ordering the deaths of 100 used up sled dogs," the communicated said.

Outdoor Adventures is under investigation for euthanizing 100 dogs during two days in 2010, The Province reported.

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