A three-year-old dog named Shilling from Roger Lee’s team collapsed and died on the trail late Wednesday morning, according to Iditarod race marshal Mark Nordman.
Shilling died around 10:30 a.m. about ten miles before the Unalakleet checkpoint.
This is the fifth dog to die during this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Three dogs have died unexpectedly on the trail, one died while being transported to Anchorage after being dropped and another was hit and killed by a car after escaping it’s handler’s home in Anchorage — also after it was dropped.
A necropsy will be performed on Shilling to find out the exact cause of death, Nordman wrote.