Arlington dog musher shares perspective on sled-dog mass killing

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 1, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 1 at 11:39 PM

ARLINGTON, Wash. -- Dominic Gaudin calls it a labor of love and ownership. He owns 10 Siberian Huskies and has been sled dog racing for six years.

"Once we leave the starting line, we're all working together as a team,” says the 44-year-old musher from Arlington."A bond of trust that we have. I trust them. I’d like to think they trust me.”

Gaudin learned of the massacre of 100 sled dogs in Whistler, B.C., and shook his head.

"I'm kind of reminded of the Nuremberg kind of defense,”says Gaudin. “At some point, you have to make a moral decision yourself and say 'Look. This isn't right. I'm not going to do that.’”

He says owning the dogs isn't just an emotional and time commitment, it's a financial one as well. He spends more than $4,000 a year just on dog food, not including supplements.

"I'd say upwards of several thousand dollars that you spend.”

But no matter the cost, he wonders, where was the compassion?

"Just thinking about those poor dogs, obviously it's a bean counter kind of mentality. It's not someone who runs dogs and loves dogs that would do something like that.”

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