PETA cites dog cruelty in calling for end of the Iditarod

ANCHORAGE — An animal rights group is renewing its call for an end to the world’s most famous sled dog race.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Friday said in a statement that the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race should be permanently canceled.

PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch cites the death Thursday of Wyatt, a 3-year-old male on four-time champion Lance Mackey’s team, as the latest casualty in a long list of dogs that have died in the race.

It also cited the use of a blind dog on another team. Musher Kelly Maixner tells Anchorage television station KTUU that Laura is a valued team member, but sometimes gets confused.

Iditarod’s top official, Stan Hooley, declined comment. He says to engage an “opportunistic organization with precisely zero credibility is pointless.”

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