Iditarod claims fourth dog as 1,000-mile race winds to a close
As the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winds to a close, the death toll among dogs has reached four. The latest casualty in the grueling competition was a 5-year-old male dog named Maynard.
He was part of a team guided by Canadian musher Warren Palfrey. The dog died Thursday about an hour from of the finish line at Nome, Alaska.
Animal rights advocates have been highly critical of a race that they say is tantamount to canine torture.
About 30 mushers remain on the trail of a race won Wednesday by Fairbanks musher Lance Mackey. It was Mackey's third consecutive event title, and afterward he retired his lead dog, Larry.
Photo: Kazen, one of Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher Warren Palfrey's sled dogs, rest in its pen before the ceremonial start of the race on March 7. A different member of Palfrey's team perished Thursday on the trail. Credit: Al Grillo/Associated Press