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Update: A whistleblower has come forward with disturbing photographs and video footage that apparently reveal dying puppies and injured, sick dogs at a kennel reportedly owned by Dallas Seavey, the four-time Iditarod champion who was recently implicated in a dog-doping scandal. According to the whistleblower, operators at the Willow, Alaska, kennel allowed severely injured and ailing dogs to suffer—sometimes fatally—without veterinary care. The whistleblower reported finding a litter of seven newborn puppies who had died within the past month without having received any veterinary intervention. Many other dogs reportedly suffered from bloody diarrhea and vomiting or had sustained puncture and bite wounds and torn ears. The whistleblower reported that handlers allegedly picked up dogs by their throats and threw them in order to "punish" them for fighting or not obeying commands.
This follows a veteran musher's revelation that she believes that some trainers—including those at Seavey's kennels—have killed "hundreds on top of hundreds or more dogs" because they were deemed slow or otherwise unfit for races. She wrote, "Sadly, this has been going on in the family 'dynasty' for decades."
PETA has urged Alaskan authorities to investigate all allegations.
These puppies, seen chewing on Pedialyte-soaked sponges, later reportedly die.
Five dogs died in less than one week as a result of the 2017 Iditarod. One got away from his handler and was hit by a car, another died of hyperthermia on a plane, and three others died on the trail—one likely from inhaling his own vomit. More than 150 dogs have been killed in the race's history, not counting those who died during the year while chained up or who were killed simply because they didn't make the cut. But a handful of companies, including Chrysler, Donlin Gold and its parent companies—Barrick Gold Corporation and NOVAGOLD Resources, Inc.—GCI, Golden Corral, and Millennium Hotels and Resorts, continue to sponsor the cruel race.
Dogs in the Iditarod are forced to run nearly 1,000 miles—roughly the distance from Orlando, Florida, to New York City—in under two weeks. On average, they must run 100 miles a day, with only a few brief periods of rest. They're subjected to biting winds, blinding snowstorms, and subzero temperatures. Their feet become bruised, bloodied, cut by ice, and just plain worn out because of the vast distances that they cover. Many pull muscles, incur stress fractures, or are afflicted with diarrhea, dehydration, intestinal viruses, or aspiration pneumonia (caused by inhaling their own vomit). Up to half the dogs don't finish the race.
This is how sled dogs were warehoused for 40+ years in the mountains of Colorado
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