Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Major sponsor pulls support from Alaska's Iditarod race

The world's most famous sled dog race has lost a major backer, and Alaska race officials are blaming animal rights organizations for pressuring corporate sponsors outside the state like Wells Fargo with "manipulative information" about the treatment of the dogs.

Wells Fargo spokesman David Kennedy said Wednesday the banking institution's investment in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has declined since 2010. He said he could not discuss specific reasons for the San Francisco-based bank dropping the sponsorship altogether.

"Wells Fargo regularly reviews where we allocate our marketing resources to build and enhance relationships with customers and the broader...