Krabloonik in the spotlight at Snowmass council meeting
September 8, 2008
SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” “Cruel. Inhumane. Unacceptable. Unequivocal. And it’s in your backyard.”
So reads a full-page advertisement currently appearing in local newspapers in Aspen and Snowmass Village. It encourages concerned citizens to attend Monday’s Snowmass Village Town Council meeting, when area residents plan to urge the council to address what some in the public have decried as inadequte care for the sled dogs at Krabloonik.
The 260 dogs at the Snowmass sled-dog operation provide visitors with a dog-sledding experience during the winter months. Krabloonik also includes a restaurant.
Using ads, a website with photos and Youtube video, and email blasts, a group calling themselves the Committee to Give Krabloonik Dogs a Voice has been encouraging concerned citizens to show up at Monday’s council meeting at 3:45 p.m. and speak out.
Citizens were also encouraged to carry signs bearing such messages as “Shame on Snowmass,” “Boycott Krabloonik,” “Boo Krabloonik,” “Nix Krabloonik,” and “Tortured Dogs = Expensive Dinners.”
The group’s website, voicesforthekrabloonikdogs.blogspot.com, also provides links to an online petition; information about donating to the cause; and contact information for Krabloonik owner Dan MacEachen, Snowmass council members and the local press.
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It also asks people to donate No. 10 cans to ensure the dogs have clean water. The old cans are reportedly rusting.
Monday’s meeting takes place in Snowmass Town Hall. See Tuesday’s Aspen Times for coverage of the discussion.