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Whistler Sled Dogs Massacred By Owner To Be Buried In SPCA Cemetery Near Penticton

10/16/2012 04:48 EDT | Updated 12/16/2012 05:12 EST
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Husky dogs take part in the 27th Aviemore Sled Dog Rally near Aviemore in Scotland, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010. Dog-sled racing took place on snow in Scotland for the first time in 15 years. More than 200 people and in excess of 1,000 dogs are taking part in the GB Aviemore Sled Dog Rally 2010 on a four-mile track in the foothills of Cairngorm Mountains. (AP Photo / Danny Lawson) ** UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE **
VANCOUVER - Dozens of sled dogs that were slaughtered after the Vancouver Olympics in an animal cruelty case that made international headlines are getting a proper burial.

The B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the 56 dogs that were killed in Whistler, B.C. in winter 2010 will be laid to rest on Nov. 2.

The service will be held at the SPCA pet cemetery near Penticton, in the southern Interior, which spokeswoman Marcie Moriarty says was chosen because of its beauty and because the case touched people around the province.

The cull set off a massive animal-cruelty investigation into the former general manager of Howling Dog Tours, Robert Fawcett, who pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary pain and suffering to the animals in August.

Investigators dug up the dogs' bodies from a mass grave near the ski resort to gather forensic evidence to support the charge, and the remains were handled carefully for a future burial.

Fawcett will be sentenced in late November.