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From the soldiers who lost their vision fighting in Iraq to the children fighting leukemia, millions of sick and disabled Americans struggle everyday to attain even the simplest of goals. These unsung heroes do this without jeopardizing the lives and the welfare of innocent animals.

Now that Rachael Scdoris, the twenty-year old legally blind woman from Bend, OR, has achieved her goal of participating in the Iditarod, animal lovers wonder why she wants to sign up to race again in 2006.

Scdoris is no longer naïve about the suffering the dogs endure. Four dogs died in the 2005 Iditarod. Her own dogs caught a virus with accompanying diarrhea and refused to eat.

Other dogs in the race generally suffer from penile frostbite, crippling, bleeding ulcers, pneumonia, torn muscles and tendons, viral diseases, ruptured discs and lung damage.

We hope Scdoris comes to realize that the Iditarod is a torture no dog should be forced to endure.

Margery Glickman


Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org

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