Dog which vanished during 900 mile sled race found almost three months later

A dog has been reunited with his owner nearly three months after getting lost during a sled race in Alaska.

Leon, a three-year-old male husky, went missing from a checkpoint at the famous 938-mile Iditarod race on March 13.

He is now finally back in the custody of his owner Sebastien Dos Santos Borges after being tracked down by race organisers who had been leading the search operation.

Locals in the Alaskan village of McGrath contacted race officials after Leon had been spotted frequenting the area of a community member's homestead.

The resident of the homestead and another dog musher who lives in McGrath had been leaving food out for Leon in an effort to contain him.

A local community member was able to catch the husky during the early hours of Saturday morning (June 4) and Leon was reunited with Sebastien who arrived in the city of Anchorage later that day.

A Facebook post from Iditarod said it "cannot express enough gratitude" for the "help, prayers, thoughts and well wishes for Leon".

It added: "From the volunteers to the search fund organisers and the individual donors, community members along the trail and the heroes of McGrath who have helped towards the cause of finding Leon.

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"Alaska is an incredibly special place as is the spirit of the community, which is part of what makes The Last Great Race so special. Thank you, Iditarod Nation, and welcome home, Leon!"

Leon escaped from the returned dog area at the Ruby checkpoint 150 miles into the race.

Sebastien, who will return home to France with Leon, was forced to continue the race with 11 dogs.

He withdrew from the race after receiving help from a snowmachine due to strong winds and treacherous weather conditions.

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