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Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Iditarod dog with signs of pneumonia dies

Alaska musher Katherine Keith has had dogs die in the last two Iditarod Trail Sled Dog races, but a race official said he could find no fault in how she cares for her team.

A release from the race said the 5-year-old dog named Blonde had been dropped from the competition Wednesday and was being treated for signs of pneumonia. Blonde died early Thursday. A necropsy is planned.

The cause of death last year for Keith's dog Flash, a 4-year-old male, was consistent with acute aspiration pneumonia.

Race marshal Mark Nordman said Thursday that every dog death "is investigated to the fullest" and the review of Blonde's death will remain open pending the necropsy...

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