|Barked: Fri Mar 29, '13 2:37pm PST |
|That dog died because the weather was bad and they couldn't fly dogs out as often as they should have. There were over 135 dogs at Unalakleet at that point, and the volunteers were doing their best to keep them cared for. It was a tragic accident, and other dogs were buried under the snow but didn't die. Iditarod has already had a meeting with the musher whose dog died, along with all possible members of the Iditarod Finishers Club, and they have already agreed on a way to proceed forward next year that will change the way the dogs are cared for in the major hub checkpoints like Unalakleet. http://d3r6t1k4mqz5i.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/2013- IDITAROD-PRESS-RELEASE-RESULTS-OF-THE-IDITAROD-TRAIL-COMMITTEE%E2%80 %99S-INVESTIGATION-INTO-THE-DEATH-OF-DORADO-AND-POTENTIAL-MITIGATION -MEASURES.pdf?d0edd7
Also, I've worked for two champion mushers and had a job offer from another champ, and I've never seen cruelty like Khuno's owner suggests. I've lived in Knik, Alaska which is arguably the dog mushing capitol of the world, and never saw any cruelty happening. I've been racing dogs for over 13 years and I know the dogs love it, and the mushers take incredibly good care of their dogs. Here's a video of this year's champion team soon after finishing this year's race. Tell me these dogs are abused. https://www.facebook.com/seaveysididaride/app_57675755167?ref=ts
Feel free to message me with any questions regarding dog racing. There are bad apples in every area, and they give a bad name to the people who do good things.
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