Nome, Alaska (KINY) A four time winner of the Iditarod sled dog race has vehemently denied allegations he used banned pain killers on his dogs during the 2017 race.
Seavey posted a video on You Tube and his Facebook Page to not only defend himself but criticize the Iditarod Trail Committee. He also said he would not compete in the 2018 race.
The Iditarod Trail Committee identified Seavey Monday. They said four dogs tested positive for the opioid pain reliever, Tramadol. He said he expects to be banned from the race for violation of the race gag rule that prohibits mushers from making any statement critical of the race or any of its sponsors.
At first the Iditarod did not release the name of the musher involved because they could not determine if the opioid was intentionally dispensed to the four dogs. Since only the top 20 finishers are tested it created suspicion for all of these contestants. The Committee decided to release the name after a long discussion and input from legal counsel. Seavey won the race in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He has finished in the top 10, nine straight years.