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Old 03-14-2008, 01:38 PM
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Snow Buddies - was it Worth it????

Many of us look forward to movies such as "Snow Buddies" to show our love of Golden Retrievers but........After reading this, I really don't even want to see the movie (or buy the DVD). Although this was written (1) year ago, the movie is in full force now!

PETA Makes Charge That Golden Retriever Puppies Dying On Set Of Disney Sequel

PETA is accusing Disney of ignoring an animal crisis on a movie right now that has allegedly resulted in the deaths of at least four golden retriever puppies and the serious illness of dozens more. People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals tells me the problems are on the Vancouver set of the film Snow Buddies, a sequel to Disney's Air Bud. The group urgently faxed Disney CEO Bob Iger about the situation yesterday afternoon and asked him to cancel the studio's planned distribution of the Keystone Productions film. "Underage puppies from an unlicensed puppy mill in New York were illegally transported to Vancouver in apparent violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act," PETA's letter said. "Puppies who were being used for Snow Buddies fell ill with parvovirus, which is extremely contagious, and had to be taken to a veterinary hospital... Additional puppies were brought in to replace them. These puppies have reportedly fallen ill, too." So far, Disney has ignored this letter and another PETA sent to Iger back on March 19 first alerting him to the situation. The previous letter said: "After receiving several complaints, PETA has determined that the Keystone production Snow Buddies has been using 25 underage golden retriever puppies. The puppies were shipped to Canada from an unlicensed New York breeder in apparent violation of the U.S. Animal Welfare Act. The breeder has admitted that the puppies were between the ages of 6 and 7 weeks when they were shipped. According to media reports, 15 puppies fell ill with giardia and coccidia and two were euthanized. A Washington state veterinary clinic tells PETA that another puppy, from a different breeder, tested positive for parvo and was euthanized." Bob Chorush, PETA's special projects coordinator on entertainment issues, sent that letter and Friday's, which said: "We have since learned that almost all the puppies, perhaps as many as 40 or 50, are now sick, many with the deadly parvovirus. At least four have died already, and others likely will die in the next few days. In light of this disturbing information, we ask that Disney immediately drop distribution plans for this movie." PETA says that it has received no response from Disney to either letter. As for Keystone Productions, Chorush tells me, "the production company initially misinformed us, and since has stopped talking to us." PETA also is calling on the government of British Columbia to immediately halt the pic's production and to "launch a criminal probe into the transportation, care, and treatment of these puppies by Snow Buddies Productions". The pic is scheduled for the 2007 holiday season. I've written before about TV and movie animal issues.

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oh i'm sure Judie will be interested to read this as her dog was Air Bud.... she has said nothing of the sort went on, on set, but i'll let her speak when she reads this for herself.
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Why couldn't they use pups that were a little older? 6 weeks seems awfully young to me. Its really a sad thing and Disney should be held accountable.
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I really hope that this story isn't true. I felt a little sick after reading it.

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I have a hard time believing this just because it's PETA who's saying it....
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I really hope that this story isn't true. I felt a little sick after reading it.

Tiffany
I know the feeling..... I have been planning on buying the DVD as I know my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter would love it. Now, I don't think that I could watch it and enjoy it reading what I did. I just wish that we could confirm this isn't true. Anyone with any additional info out there?
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I know that a breeder (a friend of mine) in BC was contacted during the filming of Snow Buddies because they needed more puppies...when she found out why she said no way. The part about parvo is TRUE and I know that several puppies were lost, but I can't say for sure about the young puppies being brought in from New York.
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I don't know if the extent was as bad as PETA claims, but yes, it did happen. Here is a link to the first CBC story:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-col...c-puppies.html

And here is an old thread about it

http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ad.php?t=13813 (SNOW BUDDIES Movie: Golden Puppies die)
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That's really sad. My daughter loved the movie. But I would take PETA's claims with a large box, not grain, of salt. That group never let the truth get in the way of an opportunity for publicity and fundraising. I know that from personal experience that caused me to severe my friendship with someone who used to work for me.
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If I remember correctly a lot of the problem was with the breeder supplying the puppies. Something to do with forged veterinary papers, etc.

Disney had no idea that these puppies were as young as they were and the problems all happened during the transport.

If you watch the movie extras, they show the care that was put into these puppies. They had multiple handlers for each puppy to make sure they were safe, healthy and happy.

I am not trying to say this was not a tragedy, but Disney should not take all the blame.
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