Authorities are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck numerous sled dogs on a recreational trail in Itasca County.

The dogs were hit by a vehicle while training last Saturday evening on the Circle T Snowmobile Trail.

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Two of the lead dogs on the team, Chevy and Lincoln, suffered fractures. It is unlikely they'll ever be able to race again. Both animals endured a broken pelvis.

According to AP News, the driver who hit the dogs fled the scene. The incident still remains under investigation. 

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Owners John and Robin Fisher are longtime Beargrease mushers and veterinarians. John Fisher has his team registered for the 2022 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon beginning January 30.

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