Officials representing the Iditarod Trail Held Dog Race said that an injured dog that died while flying to Anchorage, Alaska for a dog sledding race showed signs of overheating.
The dog, a 2-year-old male on musher Scott Smith’s team died on Friday while in transit on the way to Anchorage.
Race Marshal Mark Nordman says that the necropsy findings are consistent with hyperthermia, but even more testing will be conducted.
Animal advocates strongly oppose the race, which is nearly 1,000 miles of wilderness starting in Fairbanks, saying dogs are forced to run a deadly race. However, supporters claim it celebrates world-class canine athletes that worked hard to get to that level. What do you think?