One of Aliy Zirkle’s retired Iditarod sled dogs who went missing earlier this week was possibly spotted in South Anchorage Thursday.


Barbara Swenson has been sponsoring “Scruggs” for years and recently adopted the dog from Zirkle.


Scruggs had only been at her home for a day before a loud lawnmower spooked him and he took off on Sunday.


“Sled dogs love to run and he ran. He’s a lot faster than I am and I wasn’t able to catch up with him,” Swenson said.



KTVA was told Friday Scruggs might have been seen Thursday night in the Kempton Hills area between Huffman and De Armoun on Westwind.


Swenson said he was also spotted near Bicentennial Park and could even be in the Campbell Airstrip area — where the Iditarod Ceremonial Start ends.


“He’s afraid and he’s lost his way. Scruggs needs some kind Alaskan to see him and give us a call so we can help him find his way home,” Swenson said.


Scruggs is a six-time Iditarod finisher with an additional four Yukon Quests under his belt.


Swenson said she’s devastated and asks people to keep an eye out for the dog.


“He’s a sweet, sweet, friendly boy. If you see him please call us so we can come get him. I just want him to be okay and I want him to be safe,” she said, fighting back tears.


Scruggs is an Alaskan Husky with bright blue eyes with a white face and brown ears. He’s wearing a red collar with silver tags that still have Zirkle’s contact information.


If you see him please call Barbara Swenson at (907) 360-8580 or Animal Care and Control at (907) 343-8118.