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Business failure spurs slaughter of 100 dogs

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — One hundred dogs were shot dead over two days after an expected post-Olympics boom in dogsledding business at an adventure company didn't pan out.

The gruesome event was described in documents awarding compensation to a worker, who claimed he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from shooting the dogs after bookings dropped sharply for a tour operator following the 2010 Winter Olympics.

"He had to chase her down and finish her off," Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said of a wounded dog that was run down and slain.

Moriarty said the slaughter left her sickened and said it is the worst case she's ever handled. Both the British Columbia SPCA and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating the slaughter.

Russia loses contact with military satellite

MOSCOW — Russia said it lost contact Tuesday with a newly launched military satellite, apparently the latest in a string of satellite failures.

The military failed to establish radio communications with the satellite launched on board a Rokot booster rocket earlier Tuesday from the northern Plesetsk launch pad, the Defense Ministry spokesman cited space forces commander Lt. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko as saying.

The military is working to determine the satellite's orbit and establish contact, he said.

The state-controlled Khrunichev rocket maker said on its website the GEO-IK-2 Reshetnev satellite was intended for geodetic studies, which involve measuring or determining the shape of the Earth, or exactly locating points on its surface.

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