Fifth dog dies in Iditarod

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An 8-year-old male named Omen has become the fifth dog to die in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Race spokesman Chas St. George says a necropsy will be conducted on the dog from musher Rick Larson’s team. Omen died early Friday on the trail between the Elim and White Mountain checkpoints.

Late Thursday, a 5-year-old male named Maynard in the team of Warren Palfrey, Yellowknife, Northwest Terrorities, died on the trail between Safety and Nome late Thursday. The incident occurred about an hour before Palfrey’s arrival at the finish line.

A necropsy will be conducted.

Two dogs died in Lou Packer’s team when they were caught in a windstorm outside the ghost town of Iditarod. The rest of the team and Packer were airlifted to safety. A dog on the team of North Pole musher Jeff Holt also died earlier in the race.

The 1,100-mile race started March 8 near Anchorage.

Fairbanks musher Lance Mackey won his third consecutive title on Wedneday.

There are still 26 mushers on the trail.

Source: The Fairbanks Daily News-Mine

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