250 Krabloonik Sled Dogs in Snowmass Village, Colorado Need Your Help
  • Petitioning Bill Boineau

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Mayor, Town of Snowmass Village
Bill Boineau
Mayor Pro Tem, Town of Snowmass Village
Markey Butler
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Jason Haber
Council Member, Town of Snowmass Village
Chris Jacobson
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250 Krabloonik Sled Dogs in Snowmass Village, Colorado Need Your Help

    1. Petition by

      Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs

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:

  1. Beaten dogs
  2. Shot dogs in the head and thrown them in a pit of feces while still alive
  3. Failed to provide medical treatment for sick and injured dogs
  4. Refused to provide adequate nutrition during the summer months
  5. 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. 

Thank you,

Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs

Please visit Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs Facebook page for up-to-date information and ways you can help the dogs. You can reach us at voicesforthekrabloonikdogs@gmail.com.

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    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. Call to Action! Feb. 6, 2014

      Hello, Change Supporters. You all have been so supportive, and here is our new call to action. I hope you can partake in this. Thank you so very much.

      CALL TO ACTION! Please view this important video and then email Town of ‪#‎Snowmass‬ Village mayor Bill Boineau and council members. All of the information you need is below. VIDEO: http://youtu.be/oXHjn-P5e1M

      Background: Town of Snowmass Village Mayor Bill Boineau has been listening to concerns and allegations of abuse regarding the ‪#‎Krabloonik‬ sled dogs since at least 2008. (Please see the mixed message we have received in the video link.) The owner of Krabloonik was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty in December. Mayor Boineau promised, despite the outcome of the cruelty case, a robust, public process on behalf of the dogs in his letter to the editor that was published in the Aspen Times and Aspen Daily News in December of 2013.

      View Mayor Boineau's letter here: http://www.aspentimes.com/opinion/letterstotheeditor/94325

      Snowmass Village Mayor Boineau and Town Council, please act on behalf of the Krabloonik sled dogs.

      CALL TO ACTION: Town of Snowmass Village Mayor Bill Boineau has been listening to concerns and allegations of abuse regarding the Krabloonik sled dogs since at least 2008. The owner of Krabloonik has been charged with eight counts of animal cruelty.

    3. Reached 8,000 signatures
    4. BREAKING: CNN releases story regarding Krabloonik sled dog abuse

      Please see the full story here:

      http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/13/us/colorado-dog-sled-cruelty/

      We thank you for your support. Your signatures, comments, and shares have helped immensely.

      Best,
      Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs

    5. Reached 6,000 signatures
    6. Breaking news: Krabloonik owner charged with animal cruelty-Dec. 18, 2013

      Please read the full article here: http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/160532

      Breaking news: Krabloonik owner charged with animal cruelty | Aspen Daily News Online

      Eight animal cruelty charges were filed against Dan MacEachen, the owner of the Krabloonik dog-sledding operation in Snowmass Village, on Wednesday.

    7. Reached 4,000 signatures
    8. 8 Dogs Seized from Krabloonik!

      "The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office seized eight animals while serving a search warrant Thursday on a Snowmass Village sled dog operation as part of an investigation into possible animal abuse.

      'They were not in good shape,' DA Sherry Caloia said of the dogs removed from the site.

      http://www.gjsentinel.com/breaking/articles/animals-seized-during-search-of-sled-dog-site

    9. BREAKING NEWS: D.A. Office executes search warrant on Krabloonik in Snowmas

      BREAKING NEWS: D.A. Office executes search warrant on Krabloonik in Snowmass

      Read more here...

      http://www.aspentimes.com/news/9328820-113/attorney-district-office-dogs

      Thank you for your signatures. Let's keep the momentum going.
      Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs

      BREAKING NEWS: D.A. Office executes search warrant on Krabloonik in Snowmass

      The 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office served a search warrant Thursday on the Krabloonik in Snowmass, where it collected a number of items - including eight dogs - as part of its investigation into the dogsledding operation. "A full inspection of the dogs was carried out," said a press released issued Friday morning by District Attorney Sherry Caloia.

    10. Reached 500 signatures

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    • mike snow SPAIN
      • 7 days ago

      Sled Dogs NEED MY HELP. If I could help get any JUSTICE FOR FERNANDO - I would chain Dan Maceachen to the furtherest tree from my property in the depths of winter, throw him some cold gruel, iced water, Load Him Up and make the Bugger run for me. I would hit him, when he fell down through cold, hunger, thirst and exhaustion I would either shoot him (easy) or leave him to die a wretched death. What Goes Around Comes Around you evil cretin - what you have put your dogs through defies my worst nightmares. Only wish I could meet you face to face - A Big Man? I am five foot three and weigh 115 lbs I would shoot you as look at you. Total Lowlife.

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    • Heather Hale PORTER, TX
      • 13 days ago

      Stop the abuse to these innocent animals. All they want is love, affection, food, water and a warm home to call their own. STOP THE ABUSE!!!

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    • Lisa Murray ST LOUIS PARK, MN
      • 18 days ago

      This operation needs to be retired and the owner prosecuted. This is why I never never ever go on dog sled rides. The poor dogs are usually being abused. So sad.

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    • Nora Rock MESQUITE, TX
      • 19 days ago

      I admire dogs! It hurts and makes me angry to see their suffering for what??? Because they love us, humans? Some of us simply dont deserve any love...

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    • Dawn Oaks HELENA, MT
      • 28 days ago

      This should be important to every person who knows about it, please help these dogs.

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