2 dogs die in T200

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Race officials for the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race say two dogs died during last weekend’s race.

Race director and president Tami Murray says the mid-distance race has no record of previous dog deaths.

Race officials announced Monday that one of Kasilof musher Paul Gebhardt’s dogs died on the trail as his team was nearing the finish in the 200-mile race. Murray says Gebhardt attempted CPR but could not revive the 2-year-old female. He finished fourth.

The other death occurred on Nicholas Petit’s team. Murray says a 3-year-old male in the Normandy, France, musher’s team died on the trail after going more than half-way. Murray says by mutual agreement Petit scratched.

Murray says both mushers have been cleared of any misconduct and necropsies have been performed on the dogs.

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