So far, in this year's Iditarod, (as of 12:00 PM EST on March 8th 2008): Four mushers have dropped out of the race because their dogs became too injured and/or sick to continue. One musher was involuntarily eliminated from the race because she lost two of her dogs during the 48 mile run from Rainy Pass to Rohn. She left those two dogs alone in the Alaskan wilderness to fend for themselves while she continued to the next checkpoint, where she was then disqualified for arriving without all of her dogs. One dog has died: a seven-year-old dog named Zaster died on March 8th while being treated for pneumonia. What a needless death.