Sled dogs in Snowmass Village, Colorado, need your help right now.
A dog sled ride at Krabloonik Fine Dining & Dog Sledding, located in the Town of Snowmass Village, Colorado, is promoted to tourists as “the signature event of a visit to Aspen.” The holiday season is upon us, and many visitors to the famous resort towns of Aspen/Snowmass area might not know that:
Many of the 250+ Krabloonik sled dogs are tethered to wooden houses by six-foot chains, 24 hours per day for more than seven months straight, and sometimes for years, until death.
According to former employees, Krabloonik owner Dan MacEachen has:
- Beaten dogs
- Shot dogs in the head and thrown them in a pit of feces while still alive
- Failed to provide medical treatment for sick and injured dogs
- Refused to provide adequate nutrition during the summer months
- Ignored the advice of his own veterinarians to insulate the doghouses and provide straw for warmth
In fact, former Krabloonik employees have recently reported to the Snowmass Village Town Council and Police Department that a shorthaired sled dog named Fernando froze to death on a frigid night last winter. Employees reported that they took Fernando inside for warmth, but Mr. MacEachen ordered Fernando returned to his doghouse the next day, where he died tethered to a doghouse that night. As a result of former employees filing police reports, The District Attorney’s office for the 9th Judicial District, which has jurisdiction over Snowmass Village, has launched an investigation. The Town of Snowmass Village police chief is forwarding all allegations of abuse citing a conflict of interest as the land is town-owned.
Despite the large number of complaints and requests for help by community members, the Town of Snowmass Village has not intervened, investigated or regulated this animal operation located on town-owned property.
Krabloonik, billed as the largest sled dog operation in the lower 48 states, has been in violation of Colorado state regulations several times.
As recently as December 7, 2013, a concerned citizen contacted Snowmass Village police to inquire if authorities had checked on the dogs during several sub-zero temperatures. The town spokesperson responded that Krabloonik staff reported the dogs were fine. The Town of Snowmass Village is allowing Krabloonik to self-report if any dogs are being neglected at the facility.
We ask that you please sign our petition and let the Town of Snowmass Village know they must actively and aggressively help the Krabloonik sled dogs by monitoring and regulating this working-dog kennel in its jurisdiction.
Krabloonik sled dogs should not be used as disposable commodities worth only the number to sled rides they can provide each winter.
Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs
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