Alleged abuse at Krabloonik in Snowmass will go to DA
December 15, 2009
SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Snowmass Village police will forward the results of an investigation into an allegation of animal cruelty at Krabloonik, a commercial dogsledding operation, to the district attorney’s office, Police Chief Art Smythe said Monday.
A former employee at Krabloonik lodged the complaint on Nov. 23, shortly after losing his job there. Local police and the town’s animal control officer have investigated Eric Glukowsky’s allegations and will turn their findings over to the district attorney’s office, which will ultimately decide whether or not charges are warranted, Smythe said.
The district attorney will decide whether a misdemeanor cruelty charge – or if any charge – is appropriate, he said.
“We certainly didn’t see any felony issues,” Smythe added.
Krabloonik owner Dan MacEachen and his employees were cooperative during the investigation, the police chief said.
Glukowsky said he witnessed MacEachen mistreat a dog that had snapped at MacEachen’s young grandson, punching the animal, yanking its chain as if to choke it and throwing a piece of pipe at it multiple times, striking it perhaps twice.
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The child wasn’t hurt, according to Glukowsky, who said he confronted MacEachen to object and was later fired for an unrelated matter that was used as an excuse for his termination. Glukowsky contacted The Aspen Times on the same day he made a statement to police.
Police received a similar complaint regarding Krabloonik last winter and decided no charge was warranted, according to Smythe. The district attorney’s office later confirmed that decision, he said.
“In this case, we just think it’s best for them to decide,” Smythe said.
Whether the findings of the police investigation are made public will be up to the district attorney’s office, he said.