Penny Stone, Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria and BC Humane Societies is featured in the film, Sled Dogs, which will premiere in Victoria on May 9. In the film, Stone speaks to the heartbreaking Whistler massacre, and at the screening she will answer questions about the sled and racing dog industry and how her team helped to rehome 300 sled dogs and counting. People with a love for dogs will want to get their tickets early for the event which will be held at the Vic Theatre at 7pm.
“In the film, you will learn that operators consider sled dogs a different breed, a breed that is happy to live its life on a chain only to be released to pull a sled until exhaustion,” said Stone. “It’s just not true, they are just dogs and we want everyone to see that and to share via social media what they have learned. It’s imperative that we all know what goes on behind the scenes, they are just ordinary dogs!”
Stone and the filmmakers are hoping for the same sort of reaction and educational effect that Blackfish brought to whales in captivity and just like that film, Sled Dogs has raised the ire of many and is not without controversy including personal threats.
“When the film was accepted into the Whistler film festival we were contacted via social media and personally with people trying to intimidate us or defending their position, but to us, there is no defense, it’s an industry that needs to be changed. We will never stop telling people about what is going on and asking the industry to pull their own damn sled.”
For more information visit sleddogsfilm.com. Tickets are $11 and are available now at the Vic Theatre.
Media contact: Marie Zirk, APR, VHS Boardmember and PR volunteer
250-818-4755 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny Stone, VHS Executive Director
250-588-4524 • email@example.com