Iditarod Changes rules after dogs test positive for banned substances

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Iditarod Trail Committee board of Directors has voted to change some rules for the race after several sled dogs from Last Year's race tested positive for Banned substances.
No information was provided on the Musher nor what the dogs tested positive for.
Race officials have not penalized the unnamed Musher.
Under last year's rules, the committee had to prove that the dogs were intentionally given the prohibited substance and that the drug didn't find another way into the dogs system.
Now under the revised rules, the burden of proof will fall completely on the Musher, who must now prove that they had nothing to do with it in front of a review panel.
The new rule also states that any musher caught tampering with another musher's dogs, food, or supplies in a way that may affect drug tests will be disqualified and/or banned from the race.
There are around 12 banned substances in the Iditarod including steroids and painkillers.
The Dogs are usually tested at the Start of the Race, randomly along the trail, and then again at the Nome Finish line.
The Chief Veterinarian for the Iditarod Stewart Nelson said that it is very rare to find a prohibited drug in a dog's system.