Sled Dogs Film - A Documentary

- World Documentary Award, Whistler Film Festival 2016 -
 - Best Documentary Director Award from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Whistler Film Festival -

ABC Nightline Coverage

 In the ABC Nightline report, Clayton Sandell visited Krabloonik Dogsledding, the largest touring operation in the continental United States. The statement is made in the episode that, “in the off season, the dogs are allowed to run free for an hour a day. Gina and Danny admit they’re tethered for the other 23, but insist they’re happy.”

When we do the math, the figures are horrifying. Krabloonik states (http://bit.ly/2mWoKy2) that their dogsledding season is from November 1st to May 1st. So their off season is May through October.

There are 184 total days in the off-season for Krabloonik’s sled dogs. There are 4,416 total hours in the off-season for Krabloonik’s sled dogs. If we assume that the weather permits them to be let off-chain each day during the off-season for 1 hour, that means Krabloonik’s sled dogs are chained for a total of 4,232 hours in the off-season. This equates to 176.3 days chained.

Therefore, at the very least (considering that the US Climate Database lists the off-season in 2017 as having 58 days where the temperature was over 75 degrees in Aspen), Krabloonik’s sled dogs are chained for at least 95.8% of the off-season, from May to November.

"World Class" Kennel Conditions

A telling look inside one of the world's top sprint racing kennels - proof that it is not only Iditarod dogs who are suffering.

Plenty of footage of skinny, uncomfortable dogs chained to dilapidated, urine-soaked houses. You also get a firsthand look at one of the careless, environmentally unsound ways that industry kennels handle mountains of dog feces.

This video also shows how dogs and growing puppies are provided with no constant source of water, and are instead provided with a slurry mixture periodically.

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Profiting off the Backs of Sled Dogs

A look at how a 22-time Iditarod veteran, 4-time Iditarod Champion, and Yukon Quest Champion keeps his dogs. Short chains, poor housing, and no constant water source. 

Also, if you listen to the clip, you'll hear an admission of how the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race allows him to make a living. All too many industry mushers profit solely off the backs of their sled dogs - resulting in factory farming of sled dogs for profit and mass chain warehousing, as seen here. When money is on the line, the dogs are the ones who suffer in the race - on average, only half the dogs who start the Iditarod are able to finish. At least 151 have died trying.

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Iditarod Champion Kennel Conditions

A behind-the-scenes look at one of the numerous kennels from a multi-champion Iditarod family. Note the poor coat condition the dogs are in, the injured dog at seconds 17 and 34, and the two dogs trying frantically to interact with each other going into minute 3.

Chained dogs suffer from a type of psychosis due to their limited ability to move, and their understimulated environment. This psychosis shows itself in repetitive behavior seen here - where the dogs throw themselves at the end of their chains and circle incessantly.

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