By Associated Press - Saturday, March 21, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Race officials say a second dog on the team of four-time champion Lance Mackey has died during this year’s thousand-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska.

Officials said in a statement that a 3-year-old male named Stiffy died suddenly at about 5:15 p.m. Friday on the trail between Elim and White Mountain. They said a necropsy will try to determine the cause of death.

Mackey reached the White Mountain checkpoint at about 5:30 p.m.

Two other dogs have died, including a 3-year-old Mackey dog named Wyatt, who died during the run from Tanana to Ruby. The cause of Wyatt’s death is not yet known.

A dog on a different team died at this year’s ceremonial start when it was struck by a car in Anchorage after getting loose.

Dallas Seavey won this year’s race, arriving in Nome early Wednesday. More than 30 racers have finished. More than two dozen others remain on the trail.

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