ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A sled dog from the team of Katherine Keith died early Thursday morning after it had been dropped from her race team.
The dog, Blonde, a 5-year-old male, had been dropped at Koyuk on Tuesday and was being treated for signs of pneumonia. The dog died at approximately 12:15 a.m.
Iditarod officials say a necropsy will be performed.
Keith is mushing in 26th place as of noon Thursday. She left the checkpoint of White Mountain at 9:34 a.m. with eight dogs still in her team.
Blonde is the only dog to die on the Iditarod trail so far this year.
In 2017, Flash, a 4-year-old male from Keith's team, died of acute aspiration pneumonia shortly before arriving in Koyuk.