Police: Snowmobile strikes Iditarod teams on purpose, kills dog, injures others

Mar 12, 2016 1:36 PM

Officials in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race say a person on a snowmobile early Saturday morning purposely struck two teams in the race.

A dog on the team of four-time champion Jeff King was killed.

Two other dogs on King's team were injured. King received medical attention at the village of Nulato (noo-LAH'-toh).

A dog on the team of Aliy Zirkle also received what was described as a non-life-threatening injury.

Race officials say the snowmobiler made repeated attempts to harm Zirkle and her team.

Race officials say a suspect has been identified by a Nulato village police officer. Alaska State Troopers are investigating but had no immediate information on the incident.

Photo credit: Stephanie Otto


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