Why not better conditions? | AspenTimes.com

Why not better conditions?

Dear Editor:Great article justifying the neglect-for-profit ideals (Aspen Daily News, March 24). I have just one question: Is there something wrong with the idea of providing shelter and better living conditions for the dogs at Krabloonik?A 35-year veteran of the Iditarod. Hey, isn’t that the same race that sponsors are backing out of left and right due to pressure from consumers because some of the dogs are run into their graves? Hmmm.Yes, some dogs love to run. I’ve had huskies, they love to run. I don’t know about the special hybrid hound dog/husky, but do they “just love” to be returned to a chain and stake the remainder of the time, with no other canine companionship? (None of the dogs are neutered – 250-plus unneutered dogs!) I doubt that. That’s 12-14 years of being confined. Of course they are dying to pull the sleds – it’s the only time they are let off their short chain and miserable patch of cold, wet ground. And yes, it’s mud season. Does that mean my dog should be tied to a stake, forced to stand or lie in the mud/wet/cold nearly the entire day, with no choice of some shelter to get away from the heat, wind, cold, blizzard and rain? Earlier in the season, we had weeks of temps around minus-20 degrees. I shudder.Mr. MacEachen also proudly announces Krabloonik is the largest operation of its kind. What do you know? So are puppy mills!I have spoken with a number of people – ex-employees, vets, vet-office personnel, tourists and locals. They all have agreed, the dogs are not properly kept – underfed, even.I am not the type that has a well-dressed yorkie parading around on a Gucci leash (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I have a hunting dog myself. He was bred to hunt and take down large animals. Should he actually do what he was bred to do, he would be shot and killed, and I would most certainly be in some deep s–t.Someone even said to me, “those dogs are not domesticated.” Let’s see: they live and work around humans, are fed by humans, humans decide their fate. Yep, they’re domesticated. Friendly? Maybe not. Domesticated? Yes, they are.A person who knew him well said to me that the original owner of Krabloonik would be “rolling over in his grave if he could see how these dogs were living” – or just the sheer number of them.If you believe this is a ridiculous way to treat the animals that feed and clothe you, the compassionate folks in this valley should spread the word, and keep spreading it until something positive is done. Harboring 250-plus dogs is excessive, especially in the manner in which it’s being done. I don’t think anyone wants to shut this guy down, but like I said, is there something wrong with providing the dogs with shelter and perhaps a better life?Kelley FlockAspen

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