With the death of 6-year old sled dog Victor at this year’s Iditarod, animal activists are again calling for the Iditarod to be shut down. On the other side, people say that these dogs are happiest when they are running and are, in fact, bred to run. In addition, the argument goes, there are over 900 dogs competing, and the loss of 1 or 2 dogs over a two week period, is probably no different than in the general population. So, what do you think? Should the Iditarod be stopped because at least one dog dies every year?
I guess I’ve never followed this race too closely in the past, but animal activists have had it on their radar for years, as at least one dog usually dies during the two week race. and this year is no exception. Victor, a 6-year old sled dog on Jeff Holt’s team, died between the Rainy Pass and Rohn checkpoints this week.
Have you seen the news out of Knoxville, TN, about a groomer who has had several dogs die in his care? Most recently, Moxie, a five-year old Beagle, died after being bathed at Happy Tails Grooming. While the groomer says the dog had a seizure, an autopsy showed heat exhaustion as well as broken ribs and a punctured liver.
The Associated Press is reporting that street-sweeping truck cleaning a street in the Bronx sucked up a Boston Terrier as the helpless guardian held her leash. The dog was killed by the machine. The city’s sanitation department calls it a “rare and unfortunate accident”. That’s the understatement of the year!