A dog on musher S├ębastien Dos Santos Borges' team has died, Yukon Quest officials said Wednesday.

The French musher scratched from the race at the Carmacks, Yukon, checkpoint. The dead dog will be transported to Whitehorse by a race veterinarian.

Yukon Quest head veterinarian Cristina Hansen said a necropsy will be done on the animal.

Dos Santos Borges was competing in his first Yukon Quest. His online profile said most of his dogs have come from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Quest officials said Dos Santos Borges scratched from the race for personal reasons.