ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey's 9-year-old champion sled dog, Zorro, will recover after being hit by a snowmachiner during the All-Alaska Sweepstakes, Mackey said.
Zorro is the key stud dog of Mackey's kennel and his genes have helped build the teams that have claimed back-to-back victories in the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.
Vets in Seattle said Zorro has nerve damage that may take six to eight months to heal.
Zorro was asleep in his sled's bag as the team headed toward the finish line in Nome when a snowmachine sped out of the darkness and slammed into the sled and the dogs, Mackey said.
Only Zorro was injured.
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