02/06/13 - 9:31pm
The two dog deaths during the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race occurred due to fluid build-up in the dogs’ lung tissue. Although the dogs died of similar causes, there is no connection between the deaths, according to the race’s veterinarian.
Fox, a 2-year-old female on Kasilof musher Paul Gebhardt’s team, died while nearing the finish of the race. Jack, a 3-year-old male on Girdwood musher Nicolas Petit’s team, died between the race’s Homer and Freddie’s Roadhouse checkpoints.