Iditarod dog dies, race dog Dorado died in Alaska of asphyxiation after it was covered with snow

By on Mar 17, 2013 in Animals, Racing, Sports, United States Comments

A so-called Iditarod race dog dies this Friday, March 15, 2013, after it was earlier dropped from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, an annual long-distance sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Race officials said that Dorado, a 5-year old male dog, came from the team of Fairbanks musher Paige Drobny.

2013 Iditarod race dogs

A scene from the 2013 Iditarod dog race
Image Credit: CNN video

According to a report at Iditarod.com this Saturday, the healthy Iditarod dog was dropped from the race and was waiting to be transported back to Anchorage from Unalakleet when the unexpected happened. Sustained high winds in the area made it difficult for the organizers to transfer the dropped dogs.

As noted by Iditarod Race Marshal Mark Nordman in his letter to race officials, a gross necropsy was made to Dorado, and the procedure was conducted by a board certified veterinary pathologist. It was learned that the Iditarod dog died of asphyxiation, after it was covered by snow in severe wind conditions.

Dorado and all other dropped dogs were last checked at 3:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Between that time and daylight, drifting snow covered several dogs and Dorado was found to be deceased. The entire Iditarod family is mourning this loss.” Marshal Nordman wrote on his letter.

“We ask that you support Paige and her family during this difficult time. Histopathology studies will be conducted to complete the necropsy.” Nordman added. Dorado was the first dog to die since the 2009 Iditarod race and more than 1,000 dogs are racing every year. Animal activists have been criticizing the race for years.

Last Saturday, March 13, American dog musher Mitch Seavey won the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and became the oldest winner. Seavey, who was born in Minnesota in 1959, first competed in Iditarod in 1982 and joined every race since 1995. His 2013 record is 9 days, 7:39:56.



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