Necropsy Reveals Cause of Death for Yukon Quest Dog

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

This year’s Yukon Quest has been marred by a series of dramatic and dangerous events.  Hugh Neff, who had been the front runner until the notoriously difficult Eagle Summit crossing, withdrew from the race after a windstorm halted his effort, and one of his dogs died.

Results from the necropsy show that the dog, Geronimo, suffered from aspiration asphyxia.  Essentially, contents of the stomach got into the dog’s lungs and he asphyxiated

The necropsy showed no sign of abuse or neglect.

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