- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. (AP) - Fifty-three sled dogs and four mushers who competed in the Iditarod in Alaska are now camping on Nisqually tribal land in Washington state.

The News Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/mfc90C) Norwegian musher Tore Albrigtson said their original plan to fly home from Anchorage after the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race fell apart when a cargo plane wasn’t available.

Albrigtson says instead the mushers crated the four dog sled teams and traveled to Seattle in a U-Haul truck, stopping in Nisqually.

After Thurston County deputy said they’d been getting a lot of calls about the dogs, a Nisqually tribal employee invited the Alaskan huskies and people to camp on their land while they wait for a flight to Europe on Wednesday.

Officials say the mushers also got showers and meals at the casino.

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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