ANCHORAGE, Alaska (ABC) – An Iditarod sled dog has been found safe after a more than 50-mile journey in Alaska.
Sarabi, an Alaskan husky, escaped from is handlers in Alaska on March 21 after being dropped from the Iditarod race by the musher, Laura Allaway. Allaway and a team of volunteers put up fliers, but she said she had started to lose hope.
“I was pretty sure that she wasn’t around anymore after 3 weeks of no confirmed sighting,” Allaway told ABC News.
Then, out of nowhere, Sarabi was spotted nearly 100 miles away from Anchorage in Glacier View. Less than a week later, neighbors spotted Sarabi in Palmer, about 40 miles northeast of Anchorage, roaming around in a backyard.
The neighbors then decided to start putting out food for Sarabi. After a few nights they decided to try and catch her in a cage.
Less than 30 minutes after putting the food out, the dog was in the cage.
Sarabi was returned to a friend of Allaway’s for the meantime until she is finished traveling.
“I want to go and hug her but I feel confident that my crew of volunteers and my friends and everybody is on it,” Allaway said, noting she expects to reunite with Sarabi on April 28. The musher said she plans on bringing Sarabi to Anchorage a week later to meet the volunteers who selflessly offered their time searching for the race dog.