A Krabloonik dog in summer

A Krabloonik dog in summer

Krabloonik mushers call for change at dog-sledding kennel

by Andrew Travers, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer

Voices for the Sled Dogs Mission and Vision Statements

Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs Mission: To raise the standard of care for Colorado sled dogs, inclusive of changing the current laws and regulations to represent responsible tethering of working dogs.

Voices for the Sled Dogs Vision: A respect for working dogs in Colorado, which includes consistent clean food and water, safe shelter and adequate, year-round socialization and exercise that is fit and ethical for a working dog.



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Krabloonik dogs in summer.

Krabloonik dogs in summer.

MARCH 12, 2010 ACTION ALERT!

To: Kate.anderson@ag.state.co.us, Keith.roehr@ag.state.co.us John.stulp@ag.state.co.us 

Title suggestion: Please amend the current tethering waiver

Dear Drs. Anderson, Roehr, and Stulp, 

I have concern for dogs who can be tethered indefinitely. I ask The Colorado Department of Agriculture to amend the current tethering waiver so these dogs exercise and socialize on a daily basis. 

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely, 

YOUR NAME

Call to Action!

You can use copy the letter below to send to the representatives listed below. We want PACFA, city and town representatives to know how many people are counting on them to help Colorado sled dogs.




Title suggestion: Please modify the tethering waiver language for Colorado sled dogs

Dear Colorado Representatives,

I am concerned about the current Colorado tethering laws that permit Colorado sled dogs to be tethered 24 hours per day.

Please amend the current tethering waiver per the suggestions made by Voices for Sled Dogs, making it mandatory for the dogs to be off of the chains for at least 60 minutes every day.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

The letter should go to the following (you can copy and paste entire list):

Kate.anderson@ag.state.co.us, Keith.roehr@ag.state.co.us John.stulp@ag.state.co.us, butlermrky@aol.com, johnwilk@bikerider.com, mordkin@rof.net, snowmassreed@gmail.com, billb@rof.net, rforrest@tosv.com, asmythe@tosv.com, gail.schwartz.senate@gmail.com, repcurry@gmail.com

You can also call:

Dr. Kate Anderson, PACFA Administrator: 303.239.4100 x4168

Dr. Keith Roehr, Assistant State Veterinarian:303.239.4100 x4166

Dr. John Stulp, Commissioner of the Dept. of Ag: (303) 239-4100

Two Critical Violations Reported in Krabloonik Inspection Report

Two critical violations reported in The Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) inspection report for Krabloonik dated 1/11/10. The Krabloonik 1/11/10 violations include animal care ("Primary enclosures...shall be constructed and maintained to enable the animals to remain dry and clean...") and storage ("...food storage... area is heavily soiled with rodent droppings").

The PACFA program is a licensing and inspection program under the umbrella of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of those animals in pet c...are facilities throughout Colorado.

http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Agriculture-Main/CDAG/1167928256523See More

January 13, 2010 Update

From the members of Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs:

It has been more than a year and a half since the inception of our group. We would like to thank the thousands of individuals who have reached out to us and offered support. Your voices have been heard and all of your comments and concerns have been read. Please continue to follow our progress.

We will be posting updates and calls to action for the many concerned citizens of our community, state of Colorado, and interested media and animal rights groups around the country and world.




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Krabloonik Kennels is a dog-sledding operation and restaurant located in Snowmass Village, Colorado. The standard of care for the 220+ sled dogs has been under public scrutiny for many years. Krabloonik has been cited by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on several occasions over the past several years for noncompliance with state regulations.

Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs is working to rectify current violations and to raise the minimum standard of care to a higher level.

Please see below for updates, how to get involved, and to get informed about sled dog operation standards.
PLEASE HELP US GIVE THESE DOGS A VOICE.

CONTACT INFORMATION

TO REACH VOICES FOR THE KRABLOONIK DOGS, EMAIL:

VOICESFORTHEKRABLOONIKDOGS@GMAIL.COM


Goals: Ten Standards of Care

The objective of Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs is to expediently improve the quality of life and significantly raise the standard of care for the Krabloonik sled dogs year round.

The following are the list of changes we deem imperative to improve:

1. Rectify all Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) violations cited against Krabloonik from the Colorado Department of Agriculture immediately.

2. Improve shelter, water, and feeding conditions.

3. Implement a regular exercise regime year-round, resulting in time off the chains.

4. Document and control the population and breeding of the dogs.

5. Implement a spay/neuter program.

6. Ensure proper and timely veterinary care for injured and ill dogs.

7. Provide socialization for the dogs.

8. Additional, year-round, educated staff for the care of the dogs and their surroundings.

9. Create a Retirement/Rescue program for old or non sled dogs.

10. Establish an Advisory Committee to monitor year round care and conditions of the dogs and their environment.


VIEW SLIDESHOW: Conditions of Krabloonik Sled Dogs

HOW YOU CAN HELP THE DOGS OF KRABLOONIK:
1. MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION: Improve the Conditions for Colorado sled dogs: To donate funds, please make your check payable to Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter (or FAAS).
P.O. Box 985
Aspen, CO 81612
*Please note "Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs" on the memo portion of your check.

2. CALL AND EMAIL: The Town of Snowmass and The Town Council Members:

A PHONE NUMBER AND LIST OF EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR THE TOWN OF SNOWMASS:

The Town of Snowmass: (970) 923-3777
Sally Sparhawk: sally@sparhawkconsulting.com
John Wilkinson: johnwilk@bikerider.com
Arnie Mordikin: mordkin@rof.net
Reed Lewis: snowmassreed@gmail.com
Aspen Daily News: letters@aspendailynews.com
Aspen Times: cabraham@aspentimes.com
Snowmass Sun: mosberger@snowmasssun.com
Mayor Douglas Mercatoris: dmerc@rof.net

A Letter from Holly Tarry of The Humane Society of the United States regarding conditions at Krabloonik


(Holly Tarry of The Humane Society of the United States above.)

August 25, 2008

Dear Council members,

As the Colorado Director of the Humane Society of the United States I work to help concerned citizens appropriately address cases of animal cruelty and neglect in their communities. The HSUS is the nation’s largest animal protection organization with over 10 million members nationwide and 166,000 members in Colorado alone.

I was contacted regarding the conditions at Krabloonik by Snowmass citizens and began investigating the facility’s Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) file in May of this year. I was shocked and saddened to learn than Krabloonik has been in violation of several minimum standards of care for the dogs the entire time it has been licensed in this state. PACFA regulations are clear on issues of housing and protection for animals as well as addressing basic necessities like food, water and veterinary care for ill or injured dogs.

I’ve attached a list of regulations Krabloonik has a history of violating and I believe it is clear that these violations impact the welfare of the animals in Krabloonik’s care. Beyond the minimum standards of care laid out in PACFA regulations, the Krabloonik dogs’ welfare is also tremendously impacted by the lack of exercise and socialization the dogs receive during the off-season. Additionally, as local animal control records will indicate, the dogs have been found without water on several occasions. It seems the dogs are given a coffee can full of water once in each 24 hour period regardless of whether the water spills before the dogs have a chance to drink it. As Alaskan breeds on Colorado summer days I am certain this dramatically affects the dogs’ welfare and on hotter days puts their lives at risk.

I hope that the Town of Snowmass Village will closely consider the details of this case and take action to reform the way Krabloonik operates. For at least the last seven years that Krabloonik has been licensed by the state it has not been compliant with the minimum standards of care and the dogs have suffered as a result. On their behalf I ask that you please take action and deliver the dogs much needed relief.

Thank you,

Holly Tarry
Colorado Director

Unresolved PACFA Violations at Krabloonik


1) Puppy Housing- Krabloonik was found in violation of 12.00 B.1.c.(a) “No female dogs in whelp or with puppies shall be tethered” in 2007 and again in the most recent inspection 5/5/2008. Additionally, the most recent report 5/5/2008 indicates a violation of 12.00 C.2.d. “puppies under the age of 4 months shall not be housed in the same primary enclosure, run, or exercise area with adult dogs other than their dam or foster dam, unless under director supervision” This was deemed a “critical violation” and resulted in a “failed” inspection.

2) Tethering Dogs- 12.00 B.1.c. (1) “The use of dog houses with chains (tethering) as a primary enclosure is prohibited.” There is an exemption for sled dog facilities but it requires an annual waiver and is up to the discretion of the commissioner to grant that waiver. Krabloonik has been licensed by PACFA since 2001, has always tethered all of its adult dogs, and as of 5/5/2008 had never applied for, or been granted, that waiver. This violation is noted in the most recent PACFA inspection report 5/5/2008 with a “due date” of 5/6/2008. Krabloonik applied for the waiver on 7/16/2008 for the first time in 7 years.

3) Tether Length and Tangling- Within the tethering exemption 12.00B.1.c.(2).(b) states “chains used shall be so placed or attached that they cannot become entangled with the chains of other dogs and any other objects. Such chains should be at minimum of 6 feet….All tethering chains shall have a swivel.” PACFA recorded complaints of the tethers being too short and tangled beginning in 2003. PACFA Inspectors directly noted violations of this rule in 2005 and 2007. PACFA has still not received compliance on the tether length. This violation was again noted in the most recent inspection 5/5/2008.

4) Fence Perimeter- 12.00 B.1.c.(2).(c) within the tethering exemption states “a fence perimeter shall surround the entire tethering area to protect the tethered dogs from predators, stray animals and humans.” There is no indication that this required fence has ever been in place. It was noted in inspection reports starting in 2005 and is still not resolved as it was cited again in the most recent inspection 5/5/2008. The dogs at Krabloonik, without the safety of a perimeter fence, are literally bait for the large number of wild predators that live in that area.

5) Storage- 12.00 E.1.e. states “supplies of food and bedding shall be stored off the floor or in waterproof closed containers and protected against infestation or contamination by vermin”. Krabloonik was found to be in violation of this regulation on 5/5/2008.

6) Veterinary Care- pursuant to 12.00 F. 1.c. veterinary records were requested for a dog with a bite wound during the 5/5/2008 inspection. A due date of 7/1/2008 was placed on this item but as of today, 8/25/2008 these records have still not been submitted to PACFA. Additionally, during the 5/5/2008 inspection the inspector noted a violation of 12.00 C. 2. h. and mandated veterinary care for a dog with a “prolapsed uterus” and a dog with a lesion near right hip. While the “due date” on this violation was noted as 5/6/2008, as of today, 8/25/2008, no follow up has been completed to ensure care for these dogs.

7) Feeding and Watering- According to 12.00 C. 1. c. “open food and water containers shall be accessible to the pet animal”. A violation of this regulation was found during the 5/5/2008 inspection and although it wasn’t mentioned in the PACFA report, several submitted photos show dogs and puppies without water at Krabloonik. Since random checks of the dogs’ water over a week 2 week period revealed no water 100% of the time it’s hard to imagine the dogs are being cared for properly. The issue noted on the inspection report is one of the dogs being fed directly on the wooden platform with no dishes allowing for unnecessary risk of parasite infestation.

8) Shelter-12.00 B.1.e. (3) requires “shelter shall be provided which is a moisture-proof structure”, but Krabloonik’s dog houses are constructed of plywood. This issue must be addressed as an important basic sheltering need for dogs already left to fend for themselves against the elements more than dogs housed inside would be. Additionally, the most recent PACFA inspection (5/5/2008) lists a violation of 12.00 B. 1.e.(4) stating “outdoor enclosures shall be so designed and constructed to suitably demonstrate drainage to eliminate natural or other excess water, regardless of surfacing material.”

9) Yearly Reports- 12.00 F.1.f. states “the licensee shall report to the commissioner on a yearly basis the numbers of transfers and litters to accurately determine licensing status.” These records are absent from the PACFA file for every license year.

(Left to Right) Holly Tarry, Colorado Director of The Humane Society of The United States and Voices co-founder Bill Fabrocini.

A MESSAGE FROM VOICES FOR THE SLED DOGS:

VOICES FOR THE SLED DOGS A VOICE IS MADE UP OF PITKIN COUNTY RESIDENTS WHO ARE DEDICATED TO THE VALUES AND VISIONS OF OUR COMMUNITY. OUR GOAL IS TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF COLORADO SLED DOGS, AND TO WORK WITH LOCAL AND STATE OFFICIALS IN ORDER TO HELP BRING ABOUT THE NECESSARY CHANGES NEEDED TO PROTECT THESE ANIMALS. WE KINDLY ASK THAT SUPPORTERS ABIDE BY ALL STATE LAWS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT OUR EFFORTS TO HELP THE SLED DOGS WILL BE QUICK AND EFFECTIVE. PLEASE FOLLOW THE "HOW YOU CAN HELP" STEPS LISTED ABOVE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCERN, SUPPORT AND INTEREST.

MORE THAN 260 SLED DOGS AT KRABLOONIK KENNELS IN SNOWMASS VILLAGE, COLORADO THAT ARE IN NEED OF OUR HELP. PLEASE SUPPORT US IN HELPING THEM
.

PLEASE CONTACT US VIA EMAIL AT VOICESFORTHEKRABLOONIKDOGS@GMAIL.COM.

Attend the Nov. 3rd Town of Snowmass Village Council Meeting



KRABLOONIK SLED DOG ISSUE OVERVIEW
Town of Snowmass Village Council Meeting
Monday, November 3rd 4:00 pm

Speakers: Lee Ann Vold & Bill Fabroccini


I. History of How Voices for Krabloonik & Krabloonik Advisory Committee Formed

II. Voices For Krabloonik Mission Statement
To improve the living conditions for the Krabloonik dogs and ensure they are provided a higher standard of care on a daily/year-round basis. To establish a healthy, safe, and stable environment for the sled dogs.

III. Krabloonik Advisory Committee Mission Statement
To expand upon the “Voices” mission by identifying the challenges and implementing solutions to uphold the standards of care and to oversee the continued and regulated care of the Krabloonik sled dogs.

IV. Review the Ten Standards of Care Needing Improvement Outlined in the September Town Council Mtg.
1. Rectify all Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) violations cited against Krabloonik from the Colorado Department of Agriculture immediately.
2. Improve shelter, water, and feeding conditions.
3. Implement a regular exercise regime year-round, resulting in time off the chains.
4. Document and control the population and breeding of the dogs.
5. Implement a spay/neuter program.
6. Ensure proper and timely veterinary care for injured and ill dogs.
7. Provide socialization for the dogs.
8. Additional, year-round, educated staff for the care of the dogs and their surroundings.
9. Create a Retirement/Rescue program for old or non sled dogs.
10. Establish an Advisory Committee to monitor year round care and conditions of the dogs and their environment
V. Current Accomplishments/Successes
a. Advisory Group
b. Vet Day
c. Adoptions

VI. Continuing Challenges
a. Lack of Exercise
b. Consistent Watering Daily
c. Population/Size 290 dogs

d. Adequate Staffing Year-round
e. Educating the Public
f. Flawed Business model

VII. Future Plan of Action
a. Continue Bi-monthly Advisory Committee Mtgs
b. Establish Deadlines/Time Frames for Appropriate Funding Needed for Challenges (ie:fencing, staffing)
c. Improve Public Awareness/Education on Current Status of Krabloonik Dogs
d. Expand Committees Knowledge on How Dogs Cared for at Other Dog Sled Operations
e. Continue Adoptions
f. SM Town Council Remains Active in Process via Town Manager, Animal Control, Police, Concerned Citizens
g. Schedule Future Town Council Mtg to Review Progress/Challenges

CONTACT AUTHORITIES IF YOU HAVE WITNESSED NEGLECT OR ABUSE OF SLED DOGS OR ANY OTHER ANIMALS:

1. CALL SNOWMASS VILLAGE ANIMAL CONTROL-Laurie Smith and/or Tina White at (970) 923-4794

*Please make sure you request they document your complaint

2. CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S PET ANIMAL CARE FACILITIES PROGRAMS (PACFA)-PACFA licenses and inspects pet animal facilities throughout Colorado. First-hand animal care complaints should be filed with PACFA online at:

http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?c=Page&cid=1183672553130&pagename=Agriculture-Main%2FCDAGLayout


A general one-time complaint regarding the way PACFA has handled Krabloonik can be made to:

Dr. Kate Anderson, PACFA Administrator: Kate.anderson@ag.state.co.us  

Dr. Keith Roehr, Assistant State Veterinarian: Keith.roehr@ag.state.co.us 

Dr. John Stulp, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture: John.stulp@ag.state.co.us 

3. CONTACT STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND STATE SENATOR: Each person has one of each based on the address where they are registered to vote. You can look them up at 

http://www.votesmart.org/

4. CONTACT THE GOVERNOR OF COLORADO about concerns through his online comment form at: