DA won’t prosecute Krabloonik case in Snowmass
December 16, 2009
ASPEN – The Pitkin County District Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute Krabloonik, a Snowmass Village dogsled operation, for alleged animal cruelty.
Snowmass Village police forwarded the case to the prosecutor’s office Wednesday morning and received word later in the day, from Deputy District Attorney Richard Nedlin, that the office would not take action against Krabloonik owner Dan MacEachen.
“It’s a great relief and a happy moment for us,” said Guy Courtney, general manager at Krabloonik. “We’re glad that cooler heads prevailed and reason prevailed.”
Police interviewed MacEachen and other witnesses to the alleged abuse – an incident that occurred Nov. 1.
“One thing that was consistent was that whatever Dan did was a reaction to a dog snapping or biting at his grandchild,” said Police Chief Art Smythe. “Other people who witnessed the incident and Dan himself certainly felt his reaction was appropriate.”
There was some confusion as to which dog was involved, so three different animals were examined by a veterinarian, according to the police chief.
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“They were all found to be uninjured and had no sign of having been injured,” Smythe said.
Krabloonik and its employees cooperated in the investigation, which began after a fired employee, Eric Glukowsky, lodged the complaint on Nov. 23, alleging mistreatment of the dog that snapped at MacEachen’s young grandson. The child was not harmed.
Glukowski lost his job after he was arrested during a Nov. 20 traffic stop on a warrant out of Boulder for failure to appear; he was released from the Pitkin County Jail on a $1,000 bond the following day, according to authorities.
Krabloonik, a commercial dogsled operation and restaurant, offers its first dogsled rides of the season this week.