All eight passengers were killed alongside the pilot when the single-engine seaplane went down near Ella Lake in the Misty Fjords area yesterday.
Animal welfare groups have warned that droves of people are buying these working breeds for their looks, only to dump them in shelters soon afterwards.
The Siberian Husky Welfare Association claimed it was struggling to handle dozens of calls each week from people looking to offload their unwanted pets.“We started our organisation in 2007, and back then we thought there was a crisis because we were getting five calls a week from people saying they couldn’t cope with their dogs,” said the Association’s secretary Mick Brent. And not only that, but there are now half a dozen more organisations like us across the country.”He warned that this year’s Christmas presents could become next year’s kennel fodder, saying: “At this time of year, we get last year’s Christmas dogs that people can’t handle any more.”London’s Battersea Cats and Dogs home took in 66 huskies between January and November, a 16 per cent increase on 2011.
Its website still advertised the Magnificent Misty Fjords by Floatplane tour this morning, describing it as a “once in a lifetime trip” to see "towering granite cliffs, 1,000-foot waterfalls, lush and remote valleys and serene crystalline lakes".
The scheduled excursion on Thursday would have taken the tourists around geological landmarks before landing on a lake and taking a short stop.
In the Twilight films, some characters are able to turn into large wolves at will, while the mythical “Direwolves” in the acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones are played on screen by the stocky Northern Inuit breed.
You Tube videos of Mishka the husky, famed for its ability to mimic human speech, have accrued more than 330 million views.Blue Cross centres took in 63 Alaskan malamutes, Northern Inuits, Siberian huskies and Utonagons this year, almost double last year’s figure of 32.“The percentage increase of breeds such as Alaskan malamutes and Siberian Huskies being given up is a real concern and if the last few years are anything to go by, it does look like a trend that could continue,” A Blue Cross spokesperson said.Mandy Jones, head of Blue Cross rehoming services, said the dogs’ prevalence in film and TV were probably to blame: “One theory is that these breeds have a wolf-like appearance and the fashion for vampire-themed TV and films may be a feature of their increasing popularity in recent years,” she said.The Alameda County Fairgrounds are located in Pleasanton where the county fair is held during the last week of June and the first week of July.Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is located on the west side of town.Husky experts warned that while the dogs often made for loving companions, they require a vast amount of attention and exercise.