The Seavey Empire
Dan, Mitch, & Dallas
IditaRide Sled Dog Tours:
Number of dogs: 200+
"[Mitch Seavey] helped raise and
train twenty generations of sled dogs."
– Stuart Engler, Parade Magazine
Mitch Seavey on "Discipline
and Negative Training"
from Lead, Follow
or Get Out of the Way
"When he doesn't respond, stop, go up
to the dog...and with a pre-selected willow stick about 1/2 inch in
diameter and three feet long, give him a good whack on the
butt...You have to whack him good too...If you are going to bother with this,
it's got to sting."
March 4, 2010,
Jane Stephens reported that she
Mitch Seavey beating on a dog"
Troopers. No action was taken.
Beating Left Me Appalled, Sick and Shocked
Whitehorse Star 02/23/11
"As a dog handler at a private kennel
location in Alaska, I witnessed the extremely violent beating of an
Iditarod racing dog by one of the racing industry’s most
high-profile top 10 mushers. Be assured the beating was clearly not
within an 'acceptable range' of 'discipline'.
Indeed, the scene left me appalled,
sick and shocked.
After viewing an individual sled dog
repeatedly booted with full force, the male person doing the beating
jumping back and forth like a pendulum with his full body weight to
gain full momentum and impact.
He then alternated his beating technique with full-ranging, hard and
fast, closed-fist punches like a piston to the dog as it was held by
its harness splayed onto the ground.
He then staggeringly lifted the dog by the harness with two arms
above waist height, then slammed the dog into the ground with full
force, again repeatedly, all of this repeatedly."