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Ex-Iditarod Racer Guilty of Animal Abuse

Published in NY Newsday, 4/7/05:

By Associated Press

April 7, 2005, 6:24 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A three-time Iditarod musher has been found guilty of   animal cruelty after officers found some of his dogs dehydrated and so emaciated  that their spines and hip bones showed.

A judge fined David Straub $300 on Wednesday for violating  Matanuska-Susitna Borough code. The borough north of Anchorage already had  withdrawn the license that allowed him to keep more than four dogs.

Animal control officers seized 28 of David Straub's 32 dogs in October from   his property after receiving complaints. One dog died at a shelter in November of illness; surviving dogs were adopted out.

Any musher found guilty of cruel or inhumane treatment of an animal is suspended from the Iditarod and must wait five years before seeking  reinstatement, race spokesman Chas St. George said Thursday.

Four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser testified he saw the dogs at the shelter after Straub asked him for help.

"I was appalled," Buser said. "It does not take a few days of not feeding   your animals to look like that. It takes many months of neglect."

Friends said Straub tried to care for his dogs, but had money problems.

After the verdict, Straub vowed to rebuild his kennel.

Straub finished the Iditarod for the first time in 2002, when he received   the Red Lantern prize awarded to last-place finishers.

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