How did Balto the dog die?

How did Balto the dog die?

Cleveland, Oh... Balto, the famous sled dog, died on this day 86 years ago. On Jan. 20, 1925, an outbreak of diphtheria, a highly contagious disease affecting the throat and lungs, in a remote section of Alaska called Nome catapulted a team of sled dogs, including Balto, to national prominence. Balto was born in 1915. He was only six months old when he traveled with his owner John Russell to Alaska. There, Balto became one of the most renowned heroes of the 1920s when he raced across America to deliver medical supplies to soldiers fighting in World War I.

Balto's fame didn't last long though because he also delivered plague-infected rats to parts of Alaska where people were living without quarantine laws. After bringing the disease to Nome, Balto was killed there by police officers who thought he was a threat to public safety. However, before he was shot, Balto managed to drag himself 50 feet away from the scene of his death.

Even though he was sick himself, someone else took care of Balto after he was shot. This person buried Balto's body but later had no choice but to abandon it because of the danger of getting sick too. So, Balto's body was never found.

In 1926, another Alaskan sled dog named Togo replaced Balto as the center of attention in media reports. But neither of them is alive today to see how their stories end up in books or movies.

How was Balto a hero?

Balto, the sled dog who became a national hero, represented rescue attempts to bring diphtheria antitoxin serum to Nome, Alaska. With driver Gunnar Kassan nearly frozen and blinded by the cold, it was the lead dog, Balto, who delivered the serum safely into Nome on Feb. 2. After his death, scientists learned that parts of Balto's body produced antibodies that prevented future cases of the disease.

A statue of Balto stands in Central Park near where he died. A small town in Minnesota is named after him.

For more information on heroes, see our Frontline video series on this topic.

What is the story of Balto's?

The true story of Balto, a sled dog that lived in Nome, Alaska, in 1925, is told in The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto. When children in Nome grow ill with diphtheria, the doctor recognizes they want assistance. However, the nearest available drug is in Anchorage, which is approximately 800 miles away. So, he sends for Dr. Walter Kemp, who lives in New York City, to come and treat his patients via radio. Unfortunately, the storm that was expected to prevent any ships from reaching Nome arrived too late to stop one of them from departing with Kemp on board.

When the ship reaches Nome, Dr. Kemp goes directly to the hospital where he finds 11 sick or dying children. He knows that if he doesn't get medicine to relieve their symptoms, some of them will die. So, he asks the nurse where he can find a dog team willing to make such a trip. The nurse tells him that there is a man named John Schuttalivate who has just such a team.

Dr. Kemp calls Schuttalivate and offers him $100 for the ride. Schuttalivate agrees, but only if he can take his team across-town to a lake where they can have a picnic before starting out. Of course, this means that someone will need to drive the team 100 miles each way just to pick up the medicine and then return home again.

What is the true story of Balto?

The film "Balto" is said to be based on the actual account of a sled dog who delivered a life-saving vaccination to Alaska in the early 1920s. Balto, the prettiest dog, was chosen to lead and given the memorable name. The medication arrived in Nome after a grueling journey rather than a heroic expedition.

However, there are many details about this real-life story that have been altered for storytelling purposes or simply made up by people who want to sell books or make money off of this famous dog. Here are the facts we know for sure:

First, there is no evidence that anyone has ever found a body of a sled dog. There are many stories about lost dogs in Alaskan winters but none that can be confirmed as having died while working with people. It's possible some dogs never returned home.

Second, it is likely that most of the people who knew of Balto's existence didn't actually see him. He was a familiar face around Nome during the summer months when people came into town from all over to hunt gold. When winter came, he would go back out onto the ice to search for his owners. But since no one knew how to contact him when they needed him, he had to be left behind.

Third, there is no evidence that "medicine" was delivered in a sealed container or even packaged at all.

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