Target: Governor John Hickenlooper
Goal: Immediately close sled dog operation Krabloonik and relocate the dogs to shelters
A sled dog business in Snowmass, Colorado should be immediately closed for animal abuse. The owner of the 250 sled dogs, Dan MacEachen, faces eight counts of animal cruelty and has been known to shoot sick dogs in the face before dumping their bodies into a pit of feces. MacEachen has shown that he does not adequately take care of his animals and his business should be closed.
The 250 sled dogs that MacEachen manages are housed outside in the frigid cold and snow, where they are chained to their wooden shelters. MacEachen says that the dogs are at their best when it is 20 below or above and the dogs remain chained so they won’t fight with each other. It was revealed by a former employee that MachEachen and his workers would shoot the dogs and dispose of their bodies in pits instead of seeking medical attention when a dog fell ill. When the employee told authorities of this practice, nothing could be done, since such treatment is legal in Colorado. However, since the incident there has been a public outcry for the dogs’ well being.
Another former employee told authorities that one of the dogs froze to death, and concluded that the Krabloonik dogs are not treated well and some are malnourished. When reached for comment, MacEachen stated that the dogs are professional athletes and needed to maintain a certain weight. When journalists investigated the operation, some spotted dogs with open sores and could see their rib cages sticking out. Out of the eight counts of animal abuse that MacEachen faces, six of those pertain to food, water, and shelter violations, while the two deal with medical issues.
MacEachen believes that the critics of his business don’t know what is really happening, but with eight counts of animal abuse under his belt, it’s hard to say MacEachen knows what is best for his animals. The Snowmass community is becoming concerned about the well being of the dogs as is the growing public. The business needs to be shut down and the dogs sent to proper shelters that will give these dogs adequate care and loving homes.
Dear Governor John Hickenlooper,
I am writing this letter in regards to the sled dog business Krabloonik, whose owner has eight counts of animal abuse against him. Out of the eight counts, six of them pertain to food, water, and shelter violations. The other two violations deal with medical issues. Previous employers have also stated their concern; cancer dogs who are shot in the head and tossed into a feces-filled pit, and a dog frozen to death. Reporters who examined this business have seen some dogs with open sores and some are showing their rib cages.
I am growing concerned about these dogs’ health and well being, which appear to be looked over by the owner Dan MacEachen. Someone who manages 250 dogs should ensure that their basic needs are taken care of and if his animal abuse violations deal with food and water, then I believe he should be stripped of ownership of these dogs. It does not rest well with me that instead of viewing these dogs as pets, MacEachen sees them as a commodity and a way to make a profit. I ask that you immediately close his business and relocate the dogs to shelter who can properly take care of them.
[Your Name Here]
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