This is no surprise. The Tucson Weekly has continually written numerous articles about problems at the Tucson greyhound track which has lacked accountability and will always lack accountability.
South Tucson is as much to blame as the dog track. If you recall a South Tucson cop embezzled almost half a million dollars from his department a few years ago and nobody really cared. It wasn't until the fed agencies started asking for an explanation that anything happened. The Tucson Citizen wrote a good article about it in 2008. Serna came off as sounding like a pompous ass. What's changed?
Thank you Tucson Weekly and Tim Vanderpool for pursuing the ugly truth.
There's so much waste in Arizona state government.
Here's a proposed budget for Ariz Department of Racing. Why does this department need $800,000 for breeders awards and $400,000 for county fair racing? Who gets the breeders awards? Breeders of horses and greyhounds?
In the fiscal year 2009, the breeders of 612 greyhounds won $223,113. Does that sound like wasteful to you?
How many county fairs are there? How long do they last? Who makes money off the the county fairs?
In the budget PDF above, what is personal services? What is professional and outside services?
Phoenix Greyhound Park closed in December. Why is the breeding awards padded by almost $600,000 than the previous year when there are far less greyhounds to be bred?
This is just one example of public waste and excess at the taxpayer's expense.
John Munger is a hypocrite. So what else is new?
Munger said the voters had spoken when they overwhelmingly rejected an initiative that would have kept the industry alive last year.
John Munger said, the voters had spoken...yes they did during the 2008 Tucson Dog Protection ballot initiative. The voters spoke and said they wanted protection for the dogs at Tucson Greyhound Park. John Munger's law firm represents the Tucson Greyhound Park which is flagrantly failing to protect the dogs.
John Munger said, This is not a partisan issue. It's a moral issue.
Absolutely lawyer-GOP candidate John Munger. The Tucson Dog Protection act is a moral issue. Killing racing greyhounds is not good for anyone's soul.
John Munger said, I call on the governor to show real leadership and reject this underhanded attempt to subvert the will of the people.
You are so right on so why do you continue to represent Tucson Greyhound Park which has repeatedly subverted the will of the people of South Tucson who voted for more humane treatment for racing greyhounds.
Here is a colorful blog that has taken this article and turned it into Ironicus Maximus
http://ironicusmaximus.blogspot.com/ - Friday hound blogging
Here's another idea for an article-the lack of accountability in the racing industry. If the Dept of Racing wanted to be productive, it could demand that these injury reports were more informative and more accountable.
Here's the injury/euthanasia report for Phoenix Greyhound Park and Tucson Greyhound Park. The numbers are public record and will be provided to interested parties after a very long wait. In this case, Grey2K put these together. I have no association with G2K but am happy they did the leg work.
If you look at this report, notice how sketchy it is. It doesn't always provide the injury type or the injury location (the part of the body) and hardly any info about the treatment provided. Does this mean NO treatment was provided?
Here's an interesting entry:
4/22/09 RD's Fleece --Tucson fractured left hock - was euthanized - comments: "shattered-fix the track"
5/27/09 RLM's Singe --Tucson fractured left leg - was euthanized
comments: "severe compound fracture - trainer requested euthanization"
I could go on. There are many, too many. Here's the report:
Can you just imagine if Serna did his job what a wonderful place South Tucson would be?
Remember when some cop embezzled almost $500,000 from South Tucson? Nobody acted. Federal agencies had to come in and do investigations. South Tucson thought everything was just fine and they should handle their own dirty laundry.
What if the Dept of Racing did its job led by Luis Marquez who is in an interim position? I don't imagine he's going to move too fast in either direction. He has 7 or 8 competitors, one is a racino lobbyist from Minnesota, sounds like a conflict of interest to me. Another resigned from the public sector after thought to be double dipping the governor.
Thanks for this article and bringing light to the never ending saga of morally bankrupt behavior and state sanctioned greyhound abuse.
Speaking of closed doors. You know when the dog and horse tracks got their free millions of dollars ride for no taxes on simulcast and live handle racing was when then Governor Symington brought it to the legislators at 2 a.m. Let's vote for anything so we can go home. Seemed like a good idea at the time, the economy was good.
The no tax thing was supposed to be for 5 years. That was 14 years ago and it's still happening. Doesn't that ever come up for review or is nobody minding the store?
Symington is the guy who cut the dog tracks a deal. Symington is backing John Munger for governor. John Munger and his law firm Munger Chadwick are TGP's law firm.
Connect the dots. If John Munger gets elected, dog tracks with slot machines will be a continual blight on Arizona.
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