Warm weather leads to cancellation of sled dog race in northern Sask.

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. -- The Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race has been put on ice because of warm weather.

The race's organizing body says it's cancelling this year's event because of poor trail conditions in northern Saskatchewan.

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Gillian Gracie, president of the Gateway North Sled Dog Race Association, says there's little to no snow in some spots, water in places and even complete closure of some parts of the trail.

Gracie says they didn't want to put mushers and dogs at risk.

Head veterinarian, Dr. Ruth Sims, says the tough conditions would mean a high probability of dehydration and injuries to dogs.

The 19th edition of the race was supposed to start Feb. 23 in Prince Albert, Sask.


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