Justice for Iditarod Dog Killed by Reckless Snowmobiler


Target: Craig W. Richards, Attorney General of Alaska

Goal: Seek the maximum penalty for snowmobiler accused of slamming into Iditarod teams, killing one dog and injuring others.

One dog was killed and three others were wounded when a snowmobiler drove directly into two sled teams during the Iditarod race. Demand justice for the animals harmed by this reckless act.

Two mushers reported that the attack felt intentional. The driver never stopped and fled the scene immediately after the first attack. In the second incident, the same driver reportedly hit a dog and then turned around several times in an apparent attempt to hit more. This caused the musher to feel threatened.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the events and charged with third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and criminal mischief. Sign below and demand the harshest penalty for the person convicted of this violent act.


Dear Mr. Richards,

A snowmobiler killed one dog and injured three others in an alleged attack. The dogs were part of Iditarod teams. We demand the harshest penalty for the person responsible.

Two mushers claim that the attacks felt intentional. After the first incident, the driver fled the scene. During the second incident, he reportedly turned around several times. The second musher alleged that he was targeting her sled.

Musher dogs are an important part of Alaskan culture. They train for long hours and work hard to succeed at their sport. Their lives are just as valuable as any human life and should be honored in the same way. We demand justice against the person convicted of this violent act.


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  1. I wouldn’t expect much if any punishment for this turd. I lived in Alaska for many years, and they don’t exactly give a damn about any animal, including the sled dogs. They run them to death, and many have been killed over the years.

    • Exactly. As for the Iditarod itself, it should have been abolished long ago, TOO! Those poor sled dogs…the entire industry around this awful race is hell-on-earth for the dogs (and pups), where they’re considered just objects to be exploited and treated like shit.

  2. renate botzler says:

    Nature treats back now ? bastard
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Live your nightmare now

  3. Lucy Shelton says:

    I agree that this man should get the harshest penalty for killing this three-year old dog, named Nash, and injuring others.

    It should also be noted that the Iditarod kills dogs just about every year; the total known is 146. Dog deaths average about two per race. They are raced beyond their limits. Six dogs died in 2009. Two dogs (Stiffy and Wyatt, both only three years old) died on “champion” Mackey’s team last year. About half the dogs do not finish the race every year. The dogs are dropped due to injury, illness, exhaustion, or not wanting to continue. No musher finishes with all 16 of his/her dogs and some finish with only 5 dogs.

    There are laws in at least 38 states against over-driving and over-working animals, which is exactly what the Iditarod does.

    These dogs are chained their entire lives to their small enclosures, (unable to play or interact with their kennel mates) unless they are training,—all at the behest of their mushers. They are treated as slaves at the ready to perform. This is considered inhumane and illegal in many communities.

    People should boycott this treacherous, unnecessary race and contact the sponsors to stop their sponsorship.

  4. Barbara RICCIUTO says:

    I’ve always hated this “race” it’s a commercial event meant to line the pockets of promoters, advertisers, tourism and Oh No! the state of Alaska. No different than greyhound racing elsewhere. Do you think a stinging press will clean it up? This snowmobiler deserves the max punishment, including deliberate animal cruelty.

  5. ANA M FRENCH says:

    Greedy criminals! just to win a race! PUT THEM IN JAIL FOR ANIMAL ABUSE AND CRUELTY.

  6. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    This idiot may have been a little drunk, but not so drunk that he couldn’t take deliberate aim at the dogs. Mostly he IS a drunk who is used to lying about his behavior; probably works on his mommy. He is literally a loose cannon and Alaska law enforcement needs to do its job.

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared.

  8. David Parker says:

    Whoever cruelly abuses dogs, that are better morally than most humans, is a worthless bastard who needs his ass kicked.

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