Dog seriously injured after run-in with skier in Aspen

By: Rick Carroll, The Aspen Times
February 23, 2017 Updated: February 24, 2017 at 6:19 am
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photo - A stitched-up Snoopy is on the mend after being kicked by an unknown skier Monday in Aspen. (Photo via The Aspen Times)
A stitched-up Snoopy is on the mend after being kicked by an unknown skier Monday in Aspen. (Photo via The Aspen Times) 

A dog named Snoopy received 66 stitches during the course of a three-hour surgery Monday, but his injuries weren't because of a brawl with another canine, an attack by a wild animal or being struck by a vehicle.

Instead the 50-pound cattle dog was, according to his owner, kicked by a skier in the Tiehack area of Buttermilk about one minute after Snoopy snapped loose from a leash. Three of Snoopy's ligaments were severed and the violent encounter left what owner Danny Brown called a "bloody mess" on the slopes of Tiehack.

Aspen Skiing Co., which operates 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.," said Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle.

Read full story at The Aspen Times.

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