Sled Dog Owner Agrees to Forfeit 8 Dogs

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - An Aspen dog-sledding operator facing animal cruelty charges has agreed to forfeit the right to eight dogs seized from his business in December.

The Aspen Times reports Dan MacEachen, owner of the Krabloonik dog-sledding operation in Snowmass Village, has agreed to hand the rights to the animals to Colorado Animal Rescue in Glenwood Springs. His arraignment is set for March 11.

MacEachen, who faces eight misdemeanor animal-cruelty charges, has denied wrongdoing.

Eight dogs were seized from his business Dec. 12, and prosecutors say six hadn't been fed enough and two needed serious veterinarian care. Leslie Rockey, director of Colorado Animal Rescue, says the animals' temperaments need to be evaluated to see how they get along with other dogs, people and children, and how they respond to new experiences.