Regardless of how Krabloonik owner Dan MacEachen fares in court on animal cruelty charges, the town will institute changes to its monitoring of the dog-sledding operation, Mayor Bill Boineau said Thursday.
“There’s a heightened sense of scrutiny and curiosity,” he said. “And I think there’s a number of things that could be done.”
That could include an advisory committee “to understand what’s going on, that could talk to some folks,” Boineau said.
He credited Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs, a nonprofit established several years ago to improve the dogs’ conditions, with making past suggestions, such as breeding-policy changes, that were “good ideas.”
Boineau predicted that council members will be open to examining the implementation of best practices, possibly by looking at other kennel operations.
But Town Council will not discuss possible steps to take to ensure the dogs’ well-being until MacEachen’s court case is over, he said. The first court appearance for MacEachen, who last week had eight dogs seized by the district attorney’s office for allegedly failing to provide adequate food and vet care, is set for Jan. 14.
Boineau has come under fire for refusing to allow Krabloonik opponents to speak about their grievances during Monday’s Town Council meeting. But he said Thursday that that policy will not change.
During a break at the council meeting, he said he wanted to avoid a “back-and-forth tennis match” between Krabloonik foes and supporters. On Thursday, he reiterated that opponents have made their views known at previous council meetings and that it takes up too much of the council’s time.
Council members worked until 11 p.m. Monday even without hearing opponents’ statements, Boineau said.
And it’s not only Krabloonik critics who are clamoring to speak, he said.
“I’ve been begging supporters of Dan not to come,” he said. “I’ve been telling them, ‘We will have opportunity to have both sides. We will have time.’”
Boineau said he doesn’t enjoy cutting people off but that both sides have had their opportunity.
It’s clear that the community has concerns about residents, “whether they’re four-legged or two-legged,” he said.
Future discussion at council meetings will wait until a judge rules on MacEachen’s fate, Boineau said.