March 13, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) An animal rights group is renewing its call for an end to the world's most famous sled dog race.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Friday said in a statement that the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race should be permanently canceled.

PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch cites the death Thursday of Wyatt, a 3-year-old male on four-time champion Lance Mackey's team, as the latest casualty in a long list of dogs that have died in the race.

It also cited the use of a blind dog on another team. Musher Kelly Maixner tells Anchorage television station KTUU that Laura is a valued team member, but sometimes gets confused.

Iditarod's top official, Stan Hooley, declined comment. He says to engage an ''opportunistic organization with precisely zero credibility is pointless.''

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