Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wrong Kind of Mush: Warm Weather Leads to Cancellation of Sled Dog Race

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wrong Kind of Mush: Warm Weather Leads to Cancellation of Sled Dog Race

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Sled dog race cancelled due to warm weather

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - The Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race through northern Saskatchewan has been put on ice because of warm weather.

The race's organizing body says it's cancelling this year's event because of poor trail conditions.

Gillian Gracie, president of the Gateway North Sled Dog Race Association, says there's little to no snow in some spots and water in places.

"It's been warm. It's been raining. It's been thawing a little bit. There's a lot of bare patches. There are sections of the trail that are closed," Gracie said in a phone interview Monday from La Ronge, Sask.

"And being so bare, there's no cushion for the dogs, so they're going to run into a lot of injuries."

Head veterinarian, Dr. Ruth Sims, said the tough conditions would mean a high probability the dogs would get dehydrated. …

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