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5th dog tied to Iditarod dies as team nears Alaska village

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 15, 2017 at 6:07 p.m.



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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Another dog connected to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has died.

Race officials say a 3-year-old male named Shilling from musher Roger Lee's team died Wednesday as Lee approached the Bering Sea village of Unalakleet (YOO-nah-la-kleet). A necropsy is planned.

Lee, a rookie, was in 62nd place Wednesday afternoon. Mitch Seavey won the race Tuesday.

Four other Iditarod dogs have died, including two that had finished racing.

One was hit by a car after it was flown to Anchorage and released to a handler. Another died as it was flown to Anchorage. The dog showed signs of elevated body temperature.

Two dogs died while racing. A dog in Seth Barnes' team died as he approached Galena. A dog in Katherine Keith's team died about 10 miles from Koyuk (KOY-uk).

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