Iditarod appeal board reverses penalties for Yukon musher Michelle Phillips

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Yukon musher Michelle Phillips said an Iditarod appeal board’s decision that recommends the trail sled-dog race revisit the rules around sheltering dogs and dog care, and eliminate any contradictions in them, is a step in the right direction.

“I think it was a step forward in putting dogs first,” said Phillips. 

In addition to making the recommendation, the appeal board ruled that Phillips will be fined $1,000 instead of being dropped one spot in the final standings for sheltering her dogs during the last leg of the 1,510-kilometre race last March.

While she said she found that part of the decision “a little disappointing,” she added she understood why it was made.

“We

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