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Dog that completed Iditarod sled race dies of pneumonia

AP  |  Anchorage 

race officials say a dog on a racer's team has died of pneumonia, and the crew has been withdrawn from the event.

In a statement, the organization announced that Oshi, a 5-year-old female on the race team of died Saturday evening at an animal hospital in from aspiration pneumonia.

Beattie and his team finished the race on Thursday. The organization says that while carrying out post-race checkups, Trail Committee veterinarians examining noticed signs of pneumonia.

The dog was transported by emergency charter flight to on Friday. The dog died the next day.

The Idiatord says a necropsy will be conducted by a to determine the official cause of death.

The 2019 race came during a bruising two-year stretch for the Iditarod that included a dog doping scandal and the loss of national sponsors amid protests by animal rights activists.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 12:00 IST