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Colorado dog sled operator charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty

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According to Wednesday's publication of the Gazette, the operator of an Aspen, Colo., area sled dog company is facing multiple counts of animal cruelty.

On Wednesday, eight counts of animal cruelty were filed against Dan MacEachen, who is accused of providing inadequate food and shelter for multiple dogs at the Krabloonik dog-sledding operation, which is located in Snowmass Village.

MacEachen came under fire following a surprise inspection earlier this month by an investigator with the district attorney's office and two state veterinarians; eight dogs were seized from the operation as a result.

District Attorney Sherry Caloia told the Aspen Daily News:

The dogs were not in good shape,”

Following the investigation, concerns for the well-being of all 250 dogs at the operation were expressed.

Three former employees have filed complaints against MacEachen; one former employee accused him of allowing a dog to freeze to death.

MacEachen has faced prior animal cruelty charges dating all the way back to 1988.

All of the current charges against MacEachen are misdemeanors; he is due in court on Jan. 14.

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