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PETA Alleges That Leaving Dorado to Suffocate to Death Constitutes a Violation of State Law
For Immediate Release:March 18, 2013
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Unalakleet, Alaska -- In the wake of the death of Dorado—the 5-year-old dog who
had been "dropped" from the Iditarod and who asphyxiated on Friday
after being buried in drifting snow—PETA has sent an urgent letter to Nome
District Attorney John A. Earthman calling for cruelty-to-animals charges to be
filed against those whose negligence resulted in Dorado's death. As PETA points
out in its letter, Dorado would not have died if he had been given adequate
protection from the extreme weather. Approximately 100 other "dropped"
dogs spent the night indoors.
"Once again, we've seen that when mushers chase prize
money, it's the dogs who pay the price—in Dorado's case, with his life,"
says Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch.
"Dorado's death was as horrific as it was preventable, and PETA is calling
on the district attorney's office to hold those responsible for this tragedy
At least 20 dogs used in the 1,000-plus-mile Iditarod have
died just since 2005. Common injuries and conditions afflicting dogs forced to
run the Iditarod include everything from sore wrists and bleeding paws to
hypothermia, gastric ulcers, and "sled-dog myopathy" (or being run to
death). On average, more than half the dogs who start the race don't make it across
the finish line, and 81 percent of those who do finish have lung damage.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
PETA's letter to District Attorney John A. Earthman
March 18, 2013
The Honorable John A. Earthman
2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office103 E. Front St., 2nd Fl.Nome, AK 99762-0160
Dear Mr. Earthman:
Your attention is urgently
PETA is an international animal protection organization with
more than 3 million members and supporters globally. This letter concerns the
alarming March 15 death of an Iditarod sled dog, Dorado, during severe weather
in Unalakleet. According to news reports, the 5-year-old dog was left outdoors
unattended by his owner, Paige Drobny, and was exposed to temperatures of
negative 15 degrees and 45 mph winds. Reportedly, a necropsy revealed that
Dorado asphyxiated upon being buried in drifting snow. Had Dorado been provided
with adequate shelter from such extreme weather, as were approximately 100
other "dropped" sled dogs who spent the night in airport storage
buildings, he surely would not have suffered this fate. It would appear that
Drobny and any Iditarod organizers responsible for Dorado's safety can be
directly blamed for this animal's horrific death.
Alaska §11.61.140 states that "[a] person commits
cruelty to animals if the person … with criminal negligence, fails to care for
an animal and, as a result, causes the death of the animal or causes severe
physical pain or prolonged suffering to the animal." Alaska §03.55.100
defines minimum care as "an environment compatible with protecting and
maintaining the good health and safety of the animal."
On behalf of our members and supporters in Alaska, we
respectfully request that your office do everything in its power to ensure that
those responsible for this predictable, preventable tragedy are charged
appropriately and vigorously prosecuted.
Thank you for your time and consideration. We hope to hear
from you soon.
Kristin SimonSenior Cruelty CaseworkerCruelty Investigations Department
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