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Why is There a Monument to Balto in Central Park?

New York dog lovers raised money to honor the Alaskan malamute that led a sled dog team in the delivery of diptheria antitoxins to the citizens of Nome, Alaska in 1924. The statue, sculpted by Frederick George Richard Roght, was dedicated in December 1925. According to the New York Times, Balto, present for the festivities, "displayed only dog interest in the ceremony."