Drobny's husband, Cody Strathe, has been posting at the couple's Facebook site for their Squid Acres Kennel. On March 13 he wrote: "We sadly were informed today by ITC that our dear boy Dorado, who was dropped Monday for nothing more than a sore shoulder, was found deceased while in their care. Heavy winds and drifting snow were blamed. We are awaiting the results the official necropsy. Words can not describe our feelings on this and he will be greatly missed."
Later, the necropsy did indeed confirm that the dog died of asphyxiation.
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ITC stands for the Iditarod Trail Committee. It's a 501 C (3) organization supported by sponsors, members and volunteers.
It therefore remains unclear what individual(s) neglected to care for Dorado after Drobny left him at the checkpoint.
Given the past Iditarod dog deaths and injuries, it's unlikely this matter will go to court.
Nome District Attorney John Earthman told USA Today that no decision has been made on whether to pursue charges.