Letter: Some questions for Johnny Boyd
Some questions for Johnny Boyd
I write in response to Johnny Boyd’s letter of Dec. 20 in full awareness that the matter is subject to the judicial process (“There’s more to the Krabloonik story,” The Aspen Times).
Mr. Boyd questions the veracity of the claims of abuse towards the Krabloonik dogs and of course that judicial process will clarify the issue in time. He states that “a mere 3.2 percent “ is an “expected amount of attrition.” And he generously assumes that Krabloonik has been “dutifully providing the best of care.”
These 3.2 percent comprise the (allegedly) suffering dogs which inspectors found on the day. What about the steady stream of reports of abuse from eyewitnesses over the last three years which have continuously trickled out? Furthermore, that 3.2 percent of the dogs should have to be removed — is this acceptable in a business which is “dutifully providing the best of care”?
Mr. Boyd further claims that the town has no authority to step in, in cases of cruelty or neglect. Tell that, please, to our very own and dedicated town of Snowmass Village wildlife officers who are out in the field everyday protecting our wildlife and other animal friends who need our help. Or is the town merely supplying these officers just for wildlife and pets? In any case, Mr. Boyd’s claim that “the town has no power in regulating such an enterprise” is patently nonsense. They are landlords in a lease contract which has enforceable conditions in the event of its breach.
His final claim is that “these are working animals, not pets.” By what right do we as humans have to deny compassion to “working animals” who literally give their lives, and/or their labor, for our benefit and financial reward? Does being a farm animal, or working animal, mean we should deny to them a degree of compassion and kindness that a modern caring society considers appropriate? And if so, what does that say about us as humans?
Finally, as for the fate of the dogs, should Krabloonik be closed, Mr. Boyd seriously underestimates the ability of our canine friends to be rehabilitated into loving homes. Dogs, unlike humans, are remarkably forgiving of ill-treatment from the hands of their best friends. And for those that are so damaged by their treatment at Krabloonik, a peaceful end courtesy of a needle, seems to me a much better alternative than what they have at the moment.
Mr. Boyd, you have always prided yourself on being the “voice of the underdog.” Can’t you see you have 250 underdogs living on your back doorstep? Where is your voice now?
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