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‘Outside dogs’ deserve care, too

Dear Editor:Regarding Tony Vagneur’s column in Saturday’s edition: Our family dogs were “outside dogs,” too. Left to perish in the bitter cold on the farm I was raised on in rural Pennsylvania because they were “just dogs” and “they love being outside.” My parents thought it was unnatural to have our farm dogs inside, even on nights so cold you could hear the wind. So I would sometimes find one frozen, in the fetal position, obviously having tried its best to keep its own body heat in to survive. My parents weren’t cruel people, they just had that simple mentality that dogs that lived on a farm should not be coddled (i.e. given the most basic of comforts). So naturally, they ended up prematurely dead.Regarding Krabloonik, what hope does a natural pack animal have for warmth when it’s tethered to a very short, heavy chain in the middle of miles of windy, snowy nothingness, and 250 other dogs that lack even the most rudimentary shelter and cannot “pack” for warmth or survival, like they would in the wild?You have the dogs in your care, and having a non-wild animal means you are in charge of its welfare. That includes, but is not limited to food, shelter (check the laws in your area), vet bills, etc.The only reason Dan MacEachen at Krabloonik gets away with it is because a) they are considered “livestock,” or something to that effect, and b) the tourists are completely in the dark as far as the dogs’ welfare is concerned. They book through a concierge or over the phone and they never have to see the deplorable conditions the dogs are actually forced to live in. And sometimes when they sneak a peak, they are repulsed. Just like anyone else with half a brain and some compassion. “Oh, but they love to pull!” Sure they do – wouldn’t you if you’d been tied to a 5-foot chain since the end of March?Next time you turn on the tube, check out “Animal Precinct” on Animal Planet (eye-opener) and see how dogs with uncaring or just plain clueless owners die horrific deaths and even suffer on the brink of death for years in deplorable conditions. Howling winds and feet of snow and temps that dip to 20 below are just some of the inhumane situations in which people leave their animals.You said it yourself: “Our dogs were never brought inside but found shelter …” (emphasis mine) Hello! Because they obviously needed it for survival! If the Krabloonik dogs were labeled pets, he would be arrested. That is a fact. Same exact animal; unlucky enough to be born at Krabloonik.Kelley FlockAspen

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