“If you would not have kicked him with your ski and then skied away only to hide from me at the bottom of the mountain, I might let this go. Instead I will be searching for you to help pay for his medical bill.”-Danny Brown
A 50-pound cattle dog named Snoopy is recovering from 3 hours of surgery after getting kicked by a skier in the Tiehack area of Buttermilk Monday afternoon. The Aspen Times reports Snoopy broke loose from his leash around 3:50 p.m. Monday and was kicked by a skier about 1 minute later.
This is Buttermilks policy for dogs on the resort during hours of operation:
“Buttermilk has a no-dogs policy during lift hours. The Tiehack lift closes at 3:30 p.m. The Summit Express lift — which runs top to bottom from the base of Buttermilk — closes at 4, meaning skiers can access the Tiehack area on the mountain’s east side. Hikers with dogs need to be aware that there are skiers coming downhill until after 4 p.m.”
Aspen resident Danny Brown was concerned for his dog might bleed out on the hill and did not pursue the alleged kicker. Instead he wrapped the 7 year old dog in a shirt to stem the bleeding, skied to the base with him cradled in his arms and drove to the Aspen Animal Hospital. Hospital bills totaled $1,500.
“We’ve skinned up about 20 times and he’s chased a few skiers, but they’ll typically stop and pet him. This guy had plenty of time to stop and instead decided to speed up and turn into the dog.”
Brown took to Facebook in hopes that someone might have information about the incident:
“To the guy in blue jacket, black hair, late 30’s early 40’s, who completely destroyed my dog on tiahack about an hour ago, you should know he has serious lacerations on all four legs, and two severed tendons. Friends please let me know if you hear anyone mention anything about hitting a dog on taihack!”
Deputy Michael Buglione does not believe the skier committed a crime:
“Based on what I know, I don’t think the skier knew or was aware of the injury the dog incurred, and was just defending himself against a charging dog.”
The incident was not caught on any of Skico’s on-mountain cameras. All I know is that the dog is not guilty and its bullshit that he had to go through this. Hope Snoopy is back on his feet soon and never has to deal with an incident like this again.
[images from The Aspen Times]