- Associated Press - Sunday, March 8, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A sled dog that got loose Saturday during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage was killed when it was struck by a car.

Anchorage television station KTUU (https://bit.ly/1wRwHmY) reports the 3-year-old husky was part of the team brought to Alaska by Lachlan Clarke of Buena Vista, Colorado.

It did not run in the ceremonial start.

Clarke’s wife, Linda, says the dog was attached to a chain outside Clark’s truck near the end of the ceremonial run and got free.

Anchorage animal control officers later reported the dog was killed on the Old Seward Highway at 36th Avenue.

The dog was named Stuart for the children’s book character Stuart Little.

The competitive portion of the race begins Monday in Fairbanks.


Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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