He is the famed forensic anthropologist who once worked on the notorious Green River serial killings of young women around the Seattle area in the early 1980s. Now Dr. Bill Haglund is heading the exhumation work at the mass grave of the Whistler sled dogs.

Haglund, who was contracted by the SPCA, says that when the exhumations began last week, the first three days were spent clearing off  “hundreds of wooden dog house boxes and debris” on top of the mass grave. However, SPCA spokesperson Marcie Moriarty revealed on Sunday that 52 bodies of the allegedly 100 sled dogs owned by Outdoor Adventures had been found so far. Digging is expected to continue until Tuesday

Former Outdoor Adventures general manager of the sled dog division, Bob Fawcett, had admitted in a compensation claim to Work Safe British Columbia he killed as many as 100 sled dogs and as a result suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. That report claimed he had to put down the dogs under order by his employer because business had slumped after the Olympics. Outdoor Adventures owner Joey Houssian has admitted while he knew Fawcett was to euthanize some of the older and unhealthy dogs he was unaware of the numbers of dogs killed or details of the gruesome slaughter, as described in the workers’ compensation report. He has also insisted the claim the dogs were put down because of a business slowdown is simply not true.

When asked whether the dogs were placed carefully in the grave by Fawcett to at least give the dogs a proper burial, Moriarty simply laughed.

Her only response was “I’m very much looking forward to when this goes to trial. Right now I can’t say anything about the evidence but I’d love to,” she said.

Story By Elaine Furst For Dog Files