PETA apologizes to Iditarod musher from Alaska

Apr 08, 2013 -- 9:30am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has apologized 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 Channel-2 News reports the organization did so 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 organization apologized for suggesting she was. Drobny called the apology "weak."

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