Justice for Dogs Allegedly Run Over by Man in Snowmobile


Target: Nicholas Spiropoulos, Borough Attorney

Goal: Give harsh legal sentence to man who tried to run dogs over and left them to die.

A cruel individual allegedly killed a sled dog and injured several others by trying to run them over. We need to take action to ensure these innocent animals receive justice.

Arnold Demoski apparently tried to drive a snowmobile directly into a pack of sled dogs while they were racing. This alleged attack was not only cruel, it was also cowardly, as Demoski was said to sneak up on two teams of drivers and their dogs from behind. Many dogs were likely terrified because Demoski was further said to continuously drive toward and away from the first sled driver before finally relenting.

Whether or not you support sled racing, intentionally terrifying, hurting or killing dogs by hitting them with a snowmobile is beyond disgusting. Although Demoski has been charged on several counts, he has not been brought up on animal cruelty charges. Demand he also be brought up on this particular charge and that he receive a harsh legal sentence for committing all crimes he is charged with if he is found guilty. No animal deserves to endure such a horrible plight.


Dear Attorney Spiropoulos,

One sled dog was reportedly killed and several others were injured by a cruel individual who tried to run them over. It is important that this person be charged with all crimes he is accused of, including animal abuse, and that he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if he is found guilty.

Arnold Demoski was charged with crimes in relation to driving a snowmobile towards two dog sledding teams. Not only did Demoski supposedly try to run over the sled teams by plowing them with a snowmobile, he also allegedly charged both drivers and dogs from behind. Just as bad, he apparently drove toward and away from the first driver several times before finally driving in another direction.

While it is good news that he has been brought up on a list of criminal charges, it is important that Demoski also be brought up on animal cruelty charges for supposedly displaying this sick behavior. I therefore urge you to advise that this man be brought up on animal cruelty charges and to further suggest that he is given a harsh legal sentence for committing this inhumane act if he is found guilty. No animal deserves to be treated in this deplorable manner.


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One Comment

  1. 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.

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