One-time Iditarod leader drops out after dogs refuse to run

One-time Iditarod leader drops out after dogs refuse to run
Nicolas Petit takes shelter at a cabin outside of Shaktoolik before making the decision to scratch. (Source: KTUU)

NOME, Alaska (WWBT/KTUU) - French musher Nicolas Petit scratched Monday after his dogs refused to keep running.

According to a statement from Iditarod race officials, Petit scratched “in the best interest of his team’s mental well-being.”

Petit had 10 dogs on his team at the time he scratched, after a nearly 12-hour rest at the Shelter Island Cabin outside of Shaktoolik.

At one time, Petit held the race lead, but his dogs got into a fight and after he yelled at them to break it up, they stopped running.

Race officials say Petit and his dogs were taken back to Shaktoolik by snow machine and trail sled.

Petit came in second in last year’s Iditarod race.

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