Sled dog collapses, dies near Unalakleet checkpoint

UNALAKLEET, Alaska (KTUU) - An Iditarod musher’s sled dog collapsed and died shortly before his team arrived at the Unalakleet checkpoint Wednesday morning.

Shilling, a 3-year-old male dog on the team of rookie musher Roger Lee, died about 10 miles before the checkpoint, according to a statement by the Iditarod Trail Committee.

According to the Iditarod website, Lee was running a team of dogs belonging to veteran musher Scott Janssen.

Shilling is the fourth sled dog to die in this year’s Iditarod

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