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The man at the centre of the sled-dog slaughter in Whistler has learned his fate.
The Judge says incarceration for Robert Fawcett is not appropriate.
Instead, the man will be on probation for three years, as requested by Crown counsel, have to pay a 15-hundred-dollar fine, and comply with a ten-year firearms ban.
The Judge has told the Court it is difficult to assess a fine for a crime that caused unnecessary suffering and pain to the dogs.
He says no dollar value can be placed on that.
Crown had also asked for a $5,000 fine, 200 hours community service, a lifetime ban for the care or control of animals and psychiatric counselling.
Fawcett pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal back in August.
The Crown says the question still remains what led him to do this in the first place.
It was a packed and emotional courtroom, where earlier there were tears as graphic details of the cull were unveiled.
The Crown lawyer, her own hands shaking at times, laid out a story of declining revenues leading to the killings of the sled dogs at a Whistler tourism company.
Fawcett sat motionless as the Crown described scenes of horror: dogs, crazy with panic and screaming in fear, some with half their heads blown off, trying to get away.
Some in the courtroom cried openly, at one point a woman yelling out, "You could have stopped it any time!" That resulted in the Judge issuing a warning.