Bethel pups die after trip to movie set
By Victor Whitman, Times Herald-Record
Alex Schock operates White Lake Goldens, a kennel for golden retrievers, out of his home in Bethel. Two of his puppies had to be euthanized and more than a dozen got sick in Vancouver during production of the Walt Disney film “Snow Buddies.”
Bethel — In 2006, Disney’s publicity machine trotted out Alex Schock’s puppies on the Fox network and on its DVD covers for its release of “Air Buddies,” aimed to warm the hearts of 8-year-olds. Disney’s production company, Snow Buddies Productions, was so impressed that it wanted the Bethel breeder’s golden retriever puppies to appear in its next movie, “Snow Buddies.”
On Feb. 5, Schock flew a litter of 10 puppies from New York City to Washington state. On Feb. 19, he flew 15 more puppies out west. They were 6 and 7 weeks old. The puppies were picked up and driven to Vancouver, where the movie is being shot.
Two of the puppies are now dead, a total of 15 became ill, and Schock is under investigation by animal rights groups for shipping underage puppies. “These puppies were very young; they were highly stressed from the trip,” said Karen Rosa of the American Humane Association’s Los Angeles-based Film & TV Unit. “The puppies did become ill, they were pulled from set and never allowed to work, and treated by a vet, and two had to be euthanized.”
The animal rights group PETA has called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate Schock and Disney’s production company for violating a federal law that prohibits puppies from being shipped for commercial purposes when they’re less than 8 weeks old.