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International experts to exhume bodies of 100 sled dogs culled in Whistler

Excavation expected to cost $225,000, will gather evidence needed to pursue animal cruelty charges.

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WHISTLER -- Preparations are being made to exhume the mass grave of about 100 sled dogs in an animal cruelty investigation that's brought international attention to Whistler.

The B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says a team of forensic scientists, anthropologists and veterinarians is set to begin digging on Thursday.

B.C. SPCA spokeswoman Marcie Moriarty says the team had to wait until frozen ground thawed before digging could start.

She says the excavation, which is expected to cost $225,000, will gather evidence needed to pursue animal cruelty charges.

The dogs' deaths were revealed earlier this year after the man who says he killed them sought worker's compensation for post-traumatic stress.

The SPCA has enlisted forensic experts whose experiences include work on the serial killer Robert Pickton case, the Stephen Truscott case and in identifying the Green River serial murder victims.

Moriarty says all 26 members of the society's cruelty investigations department will also be involved at various points in the carefully-planned removal and examination of the bodies.

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