ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – A dog from the Iditarod race team of Richie Beattie died Saturday night at a local animal hospital in Anchorage.
According to a press release from the Iditarod, Oshi was a five-year-old female. The initial diagnosis of the dog’s cause of death is aspiration pneumonia.
Beattie finished the race on Thursday, March 14th at 10:01 pm. When performing post-race checkups, Iditarod veterinarians noticed Oshi displaying signs of pneumonia. She was then stabilized and airlifted out of Nome to Anchorage on Friday, March 16th at 4:13 pm.
With this death, according to rule 42 of the Iditarod official race rules, Beattie has been withdrawn from the race. He is fully cooperating with Iditarod officials.
Beattie was a contender for Rookie of the Year, as he had the fastest finishing time of all the rookies on the trail this year, making it to Nome a little more than an hour ahead of his nearest rookie competitor, Ed Hopkins.