Iditarod races are a thing of beauty if you are a dog lover, and they are a popular activity in Alaska. Unfortunately, something horrific occurred during a recent race. A man on a snowmobile hit two teams of dogs, injuring three and killing one. When this news was first released, the story was bizarre and hard to understand. As more information comes to light, some of the details help explain this occurrence.
Arnold Demoski was arrested for the crime, and charged with reckless driving, endangerment and assault, among others. Demoski seems to be admitting he was responsible, but said the explanation was that he was driving home drunk. He does seem to have genuine remorse, apologizing for his actions.
Jeff King, one of the sledders victimized by the attack said, "It is beyond comprehension to me that this was not related to substance abuse. No one in their right mind would do what this person did." King also provided some sad details on the aftermath of the attack. "One of my dogs was killed pretty much on the spot, and a couple others I gave first aid to the best I could and loaded them onto my sled. I kind of felt like a triage ambulance."
It’s at least helpful that the sledders have an explanation for what motivated these attacks. Although substance abuse is very irresponsible in this kind of situation, it appears that there was no premeditated nature to the incident. It is hoped that the injured dogs will continue to recover, and the sledders can confidently get back to racing.