ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Mat-Su Borough officials said Wednesday night that a complaint against musher Dallas Seavey's kennel was investigated last weekend, but no violations were found.
A press release emailed by borough spokesperson Patty Sullivan said, "On Sat. Oct. 28, an Animal Care officer with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough investigated a complaint at the dog kennel facilities owned by Iditarod Sled Dog Race champion Dallas Seavey. Officer Nick Uphus closed the investigation after finding no evidence of any violation—no evidence of failure to provide humane animal care and no evidence of cruelty to animals."
The press release also said the person who complained, who was not named by borough officials, gave the complaint to PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, before it was filed with Mat-Su Animal Care. Sullivan wrote that PETA emailed Animal Care about the complaint.
The statement from Mat-Su officials did not contain any specifics about the complaint.
In a press release issued Tuesday, PETA said that a "whistleblower had come forward with photographs and video footage showing injured dogs, as well as purportedly dying puppies and on-site burial grounds at a dog kennel reportedly owned by Dallas Seavey." PETA said it forwarded the evidence to state police and local animal control authorities.
"Mat-Su Borough Mayor Vern Halter said the Seavey kennel facilities give a high standard of care for their sled dogs with proactive health, including homeopathic care, acupuncture, and even dog massage," Sullivan wrote Wednesday night.
The borough press release also quoted Mayor Halter as saying “This complaint is absolutely false”
In a written statement Wednesday night, Stephanie Bell, PETA's senior director of cruelty casework, wrote "We are disturbed and concerned for the welfare of the animals depicted in the photos and video provided to PETA and will be communicating as such to authorized law-enforcement officials in the borough."
Officials with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race recently revealed that four of Seavey's dogs tested positive for a banned substance, the pain killer Tramadol, after the 2017 race.
Seavey has strongly denied giving the medication to his dogs, and believes someone was intentionally trying to sabotage his team by giving the drug to his dogs.
In a statement on October 24th about the positive drug test results, David Perle, assistant media manager for PETA wrote "Mushers are pushing dogs to the brink and beyond for a cash prize, and this doping scandal is further proof that this race needs to end."
(This is a developing story. Check KTUU.com and Channel 2 News for updates)