Krabloonik

Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs is changing its name. The group has been raising concerns about sled dogs in Snowmass Village for many years, and now plans to focus more on state and national regulations. 

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Tension remains between animal advocates and the new owners of Krabloonik Dog Sledding in Snowmass Village.

Elise Thatcher

The new owners for Krabloonik Fine Dining and Dogsledding are working out the details for their lease with the local government. The business is on Snowmass Village town property. Local animal advocates want to make sure there are specific requirements in the lease for treating the dogs well, like making sure they’re off tether more often. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a look at the issue and has this story.

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Snowmass Village Town Council is considering how detailed it should be in requiring changes at Krabloonik Fine Dining and Dogsledding. At a meeting Monday night, Council heard from the new owners and advocates about how to prevent animal cruelty charges from happening again. Those were leveled against the previous owner.

Elise Thatcher

Monday night, Snowmass Village Town Council will review the lease for Krabloonik Fine Dining and Dogsledding. It’s one of the final steps for new owners to officially take over from a previous operator, who’s charged with animal cruelty. 

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New owners at Krabloonik aim for a kinder, friendlier era and they are receiving a “thumbs up”, so far, from a group whose aim is to make sure the sled dogs are well cared for.

Elise Thatcher

The dogs at an embattled dog sledding operation have seen a lot of change in the last year. The owner of the Snowmass Village-based Krabloonik Fine Dining and Dogsledding was charged with animal cruelty in late 2013, and some dogs were seized. Others were adopted out. One constant has been new manager and now owner Danny Phillips and his wife Gina. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a tour and filed this report.   Editor's note: At the bottom of this article you can hear our interview with Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs, a group that's helped improve conditions for the sled dogs.

Krabloonik Overload?

Jan 22, 2014
Aspen Times

It has been hard in recent weeks to avoid news stories about the Krabloonik dog sledding operation in Snowmass.  The owner has been charged with animal cruelty and is due in court next month.  Media coverage has gone beyond these charges to include an inter-family dispute, the relationship between the company and Snowmass Village and it’s mayor.  The story has also had its share of tangled relationships and friendships involving members of the media.  Aspen Times Editor Rick Carroll, in an editorial this week called it a media orgy.  Carroll told us he is getting exasperated with the story.  He spoke with APR's Roger Adams.