Musher cleared of dog-doping
Iditarod officials have cleared a four-time champion of any wrongdoing in a dog-doping scandal that followed the sled dog race last year. Officials for the 1,610-kilometre Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race issued a statement this week absolving musher Dallas Seavey of any involvement in the drugging of his dogs, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Four of Seavey’s dogs tested positive for the opioid tramadol, a banned substance, following his second-place finish in March 2017. “We met with him multiple times and there was (sufficient) evidence to conclude he didn’t have anything to do with it,” said Mike Mills, head of Iditarod’s board. Seavey said he presented a “compelling case” to the board. After the test results were made public last year, he had suggested that someone sabotaged his team. “I can’t prove what did happen, but we can strongly prove what didn’t happen,” Seavey said.