Who cares for the sled dogs who drop out of the Iditarod?

Last week we received a comment on the Coast Guard Compass about the Iditarod and the treatment of the sled dogs involved in the epic 1,150 mile race across some of the toughest terrain in Alaska. Since then, in addition to keeping tabs on Coast Guard sponsored musher Ken Anderson, we’ve also been doing our homework on the race itself. Click here for an Anchorage Daily News story on the volunteers and veterinarians who care for the dogs who drop out of the race. According to the article, “A couple have been seriously ill with signs of pneumonia and were sent to clinics, but so far this year most of the 200-plus dropped dogs — out of more than 1,100 in the race — just have sore wrists or shoulders, said Kate Swift, the race’s long-time dog drop coordinator.”

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