A letter from a reader about Mushing and pet care

December 10, 2005

I am glad the family of Debbie Moderow '77 has found an activity that unites them (cover story, Sept. 14)However, as a person active in animal rescue for the past 15 years, I can't help but wonder how many wonderful, deserving cats and dogs might have been saved from euthanasia in shelters for the $30,000 cost of maintaining the Moderows' team for just one year.  Multiply that by the number of families involved in mushing, plus the years of competition, and a serious dent could have been made in the tragedy of unwanted and abandoned pets, 25 percent of whom are purebreds.

Further, not to be a grinch, but the stories of injury and death to dogs in the Iditarod and other races are true, which is why several prominent sponsors have withdrawn from the Iditarod in particular.


Glendale , Calif

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