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Letter: Krabloonik gets a bad rap

Krabloonik gets a bad rap

Now the letters and guest commentary pieces about “cruelty” to animals is getting out of control! Bill Fabrocini, the same Bill Fabrocini who wrote a letter in the last year or so commending Dan MacEachen for his response to the PETA reps and the positive steps he was taking to make things better at Krabloonik, is calling into question the ethics of the town of Snowmass Village!?

Bill, do you call tipping off a newspaper columnist about a juicy child custody case in Glenwood Springs ethical?

Would you say that changing your story about animal care at Krabloonik should change after it no longer fits your business goals?

How about promising returning mushers a better deal if they stayed away from work until Guy Courtney “took over” Krabloonik? Is that ethical?

Mr. Courtney’s discussions with the “neutral” veterinarians assigned to the Krabloonik oversight committee are widely known. Would you say that those talks about a possible “business opportunity” at Krabloonik were ethical?

I drank the Kool-Aid that Guy Courtney was serving years ago, as did Dan MacEachen and a number of unsuspecting innocent victims. I truly thought he had the best intentions of the dogs at heart. But all that smooth talking, former investment-banker-raconteur-turned “dog whisperer” was doing was setting the stage to line his own pockets with other people’s money.

Wake up and smell the coffee, Bill, and get off the Courtney Kool-Aid. I do believe you have the very best interests of the dogs’ welfare in your heart of hearts. We all do. I am sorry that out of 250 champion dogs, eight dogs were taken away for observation. But to use the words “starvation and cruelty” instead of “underweight and sick or injured” is preposterous. Yes, there are some sad chapters in the 40 years of Krabloonik history. All dogs get sick, they get injured, they sometimes have to be humanely dispatched. That happens every single day at any veterinarian clinic. But you yourself have witnessed the present-day Krabloonik and all the improvements being made. You should read between the lines and examine with whom you are aligned. Someone in your camp is a dubious partner whose only goal is to discredit Krabloonik, not for the dogs’ welfare, but for his own personal gain. The writing is on the wall.

Krabloonik is and always has been a source of education for a noble piece of history that is threatened but still alive today. And Stuart Mace would be so very proud of his protégé and the success and awareness he has brought to the art of dog sledding.

Joe Farrell

Snowmass Village