Mackenzie Delta Sled Dog Race Photos
The following photos were received from an anonymous source (and sent to Terry Cumming, who forwarded them to me of the Sleddog Watchdog Coalition) and requested that they be posted on the Sleddog Watchdog web site. The first two photos were taken at an Inuvik dog race in March, 2007 and show a dog who has had some teeth broken and/or knocked out during the race for unknown reasons. The third photo of the dog with the injured eye was taken at an Aklavik, NT dog race in late 2006. The contributor noted that he or she had only ever been to two dog races and had seen injured dogs at both races.
Cummings wrote that it is highly doubtful that there was any veterinary care at these races as there is no permanent veterinarian in either community. Racing sled dogs can become injured for numerous reasons including from fights with other dogs. Most of the participants in these community races are First Nations mushers, which Cumming notes is an increasingly disturbing trend.