Peta apologises to Iditarod musher

2013-04-08 17:24
Musher Anna Berington negotiates a steep drop off in the trail after departing the Finger Lake checkpoint in Alaska during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Bill Roth, AP)

Musher Anna Berington negotiates a steep drop off in the trail after departing the Finger Lake checkpoint in Alaska during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Bill Roth, AP)

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Anchorage - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has apologised to an Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher whose dog died at a checkpoint.

Peta last month accused Fairbanks musher Paige Drobny of leaving her dog unattended and said she should be criminally prosecuted.

Drobny dropped a dog at a race checkpoint, where it was cared for by race officials. But snow from a storm covered the dog and it died of asphyxiation.

Drobny's attorney threatened to sue if Peta didn't retract its original accusation and KTUU-TV reports the organisation did so on Friday.

A Peta statement says Drobny couldn't have known a storm was heading to the checkpoint and that she's not culpable for the dog's death. The organisation apologised for suggesting she was.

Drobny calls the apology "weak."

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