Snowmass won’t crack down on Krabloonik |

Snowmass won’t crack down on Krabloonik

Madeleine Osberger
Snowmass Village correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – The Town Council won’t enact ordinances cracking down on Krabloonik Kennels for what critics of the operation believe is mistreatment of the 227 dogs on the site.

Voices for Krabloonik Dogs, a contingent of Krabloonik critics who organized more than a year ago, as well as the Krabloonik Advisory Committee, had asked elected officials to consider an ordinance designed to regulate dog care, in particular the amount of time that the animals are chained and the number of dogs that are spayed and neutered.

Members of the groups had hoped to convince owner Krabloonik owner Dan MacEachen to consider exercise pens (rather than only 5-foot chains) and additional staff to provide increased oversight and care.

On Monday, a room that appeared equally divided between supporters and critics of the dogsled operation provided some compelling arguments as well as strong defenses for maintaining the status quo.

Citizen Randy Gold said the facts against the Krabloonik owner were “indisputable,” adding that MacEachen pleaded “no contest” to his 1987 arrest for animal cruelty and that MacEachen had been in violation for exceeding the allowable number of dogs on site.

Supporters included 20-year-old Snowmass Village native Kelly Garrett, who said she didn’t want to see this “unique amenity” go away.

“I would feel very sad if this affected Dan and Krabloonik and his wonderful family,” she said.

Councilman Reed Lewis said Krabloonik hadn’t floated to the top of his priority list.

“I feel there are a lot of other things in the community we need to be worrying about,” said Lewis.

Yet council did agree to invite a representative from the state to come to Snowmass Village for an inspection of Krabloonik and asked that staffers compile their plethora of information so it can be reviewed by council members.

Go to on Wednesday for more on the discussion.

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