Sometimes it breaks our hearts to say, “We told you so.” It’s less than a week into the 1,150-mile-long doggie death march known as the Iditarod, and
abuser musher Justin Savidis has already reported one of his dogs, 3-year-old Whitey, missing.
Whitey has been loose since Wednesday, and although he’s been spotted on a number of occasions, temperatures along the Iditarod course remain below zero, and there is no guarantee that Whitey will find shelter or food.
Even if Whitey survives his escape, when you consider the dark history of the bloody race, his future still looks pretty grim. On average, dogs in the Iditarod run at least 100 miles each day with very brief rests, and only half the dogs who begin the race ever make it to the finish line. Many are injured or killed as a result of the physical torment of the Iditarod—some of them fall through the ice or suffer from bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and viruses, while others are strangled by tow lines, trampled by moose, or hit by snowmobiles and sleds. Whitey’s disappearance marks the beginning of this year’s sub-zero suffering, but it’s not too late to end it: Urge the Iditarod’s sponsors to back out of the barbaric competition immediately.
Written by Logan Scherer