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If Ramy Brooks is willing to hit his dogs in full view of witnesses, isn't it a good bet that he's done it on other occasions when there have been no witnesses?<br><br><br><br>
- Margery Glickman, Sled Dog Action Coalition, <a href="http://www.helpsleddogs.org" target="_blank">http://www.helpsleddogs.org</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.heraldsun.com/sports/other/49-830631.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.heraldsun.com/sports/other/49-830631.cfm</a><br><br><br><br>
By MARK THIESSEN : Associated Press Writer<br><br>
Mar 18, 2007 : 7:45 pm ET<br><br><br><br>
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Two-time runner-up Ramy Brooks was disqualified from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race for abusing his dogs.<br><br><br><br>
The 38-year-old Brooks hit each of his 10 dogs with a trail marking lathe, similar to a surveyor's stake, after two refused to get up and continue running on an ice field, race marshal Mark Nordman told The Associated Press from Nome on Sunday.<br><br><br><br>
"He felt it was a discipline he needed to get his team off the ice," Nordman said.<br><br><br><br>
Witnesses reported the incident to race officials. It happened Tuesday near Golovin, about 90 miles from the end of the 1,100-mile sled dog race in Nome.<br><br><br><br>
"He lost his temper," Nordman said. "He spanked each dog on the team, just a real frustrating moment for him."<br><br><br><br>
One of Brooks' dogs died the next day on the trail, between White Mountain and Safety, the last checkpoint before Nome.
 

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