For Dogs, They Put Their Best Paw Forward

The Iditarod Trail Committee demands the humane treatment of sled dogs. Our position is clear: Mushers who won't abide by our humane standards are removed from the race, sometimes permanently.

Your March 3 Morning Briefing contains grossly incorrect and unsubstantiated statements about Iditarod, particularly the description of sled dogs at the finish line. Sled dogs receive prerace veterinary examinations to determine their fitness. As they proceed up the trail, they are monitored by about 30 veterinarians. Should dogs become sick or injured, they're treated immediately, removed from the race, or both.

All of our concerns are directed to ensuring that the Iditarod sets the best example.

JIM WOOD, Vice President

Iditarod Trail Committee, Inc.

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