Sled Dogs (film)
|Directed by||Fern Levitt|
|Produced by||Fern Levitt|
|Edited by||Frank Cassano|
|Distributed by||Search Engine Films|
Sled Dogs is a Canadian documentary film, directed by Fern Levitt and released in 2016. The film explores the Iditarod, raising allegations of animal cruelty among breeders, trainers and kennelers of the event's sled dogs. However, at least one dog keeper tried to obtain a legal injunction against the film's premiere at the Whistler Film Festival, alleging that Levitt had inaccurately depicted the actual dog care ethics of sled dog handlers, misrepresenting footage of an unethical commercial pet breeder rather than speaking to or filming companies actually involved in the care or training of sled dogs. A sled dog operator also filed a similar complaint with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation after the film was broadcast on Documentary Channel in 2017, resulting in a report by CBC ombudsman Esther Enkin.
- "Documentary 'Sled Dogs' exposes harsh realities of Iditarod". Los Angeles Times, October 5, 2017.
- "Review: ‘Sled Dogs’ Exposes Abuse of Working Animals". The New York Times, July 27. 2017.
- "Musher threatens legal action over Sled Dogs documentary". CBC News, November 27, 2016.
- "Point-of-View Documentaries | The Case of Sled Dogs". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, January 29, 2018.
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