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MacEachen to appear in court

Dan MacEachen, owner of the Krabloonik dog-sledding business in Snowmass Village, is scheduled to appear in court today to address charges of animal cruelty.

MacEachen has been charged with eight counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals, each related to a dog seized from his business in mid-December. Today will be his first time in court since appearing in January to request a postponement of his initial plea hearing.

The 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office began an investigation of the dog-sledding business during the fall after accusations of abuse surfaced, including police reports filed by three former Krabloonik employees. An investigator from the office, as well as representatives of the state Department of Agriculture, seized eight animals on Dec. 12, six of which were said to be malnourished and two that "required serious veterinarian care," according to a motion filed by the DA's office.

MacEachen last month agreed to forfeit his right to the seized dogs, which are being held at Colorado Animal Rescue in Glenwood Springs.

District Attorney Sherry Caloia typically does not handle the Aspen misdemeanor docket but was present for MacEachen's court date in January. The arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at the Pitkin County Courthouse.