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Iditarod dogs done with racing get a rest


ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Some Female inmates in Alaska are caring for dozens of four legged athletes.

The Highland Mountain Correctional Center in Anchorage is playing host to Iditarod racing dogs, dropped from the race.

On Sunday, some 65 dogs arrived from checkpoints up and down the Iditarod trial.

Close to forty inmates are taking shifts to  care for the exhausted athletes, at all hours of the day.

Volunteer veterinarians also check the dogs for illness and injury.

The dogs are cared for at local shelters until their mushers can come and retrieve them.

The Iditarod began last Sunday, in Willow, Alaska, with 65 teams on their way to the finish line 1,000 miles away in Nome.

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