Welcome back. In your September 2007 article you wrote:
"Greyhound racing's inherent cruelty resides not in its overt brutality, as in pit bull fighting, but in the shroud of secrecy that surrounds it. "
Guess what? That dog racing cesspool is still operating and in more secrecy than ever. Nothing has changed except it's gotten far worse.
Here's more restaurant altruism - Dine Out for Greyhound Adoption - August 19 at Feast Restaurant. Feast will give back 20% when you present a flyer. Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption (SA Greys) has paid $65,000 to fix broken legs and extraordinary injuries from dogs leaving the track - please support their efforts - http://blog.sagreyhoundadoption.org/2014/0…
John C. Scott does have another gig. He is the Operations Manager and Track Announcer at Tucson Greyhound Park - http://tucsongreyhound.com/about-the-track…
Tim Vanderpool's Current column was one of the two reasons I read the Weekly. He wasn't afraid to cover and expose the nitty gritty of what's happening in Tucson. I don't see anyone else covering those topics since his absence. Personally, I want to thank him for educating the masses about the horrific "sport" call greyhound racing. He was doggedly reported about the many ills and injustices at Tucson Greyhound Park.
Also what happened to Dave Devine? I don't see him in Currents any more either?
Arizona Department of Racing Director: Instead, he defended the injections. "The (track) veterinarian treats these dogs once a month with really low doses, just to allow them to settle down and not go in season while the racing is going on.
(Not really. Confess that the real reason is if they are in season, they cannot race, and if they cannot race, they cannot make any money.)
So, is Bill Walsh saying that now the dogs ARE being treated with steroids even though South Tucson previously said take it off the premises and Pima County banned it entirely?
If this is so, what's the fine for treating dogs with steroids when there's an ordinance, Pima County?
Of course, Bill Walsh, Arizona Department of Racing director, will defend Tucson Greyhound Park. After all, he's a regulator and we all know how these agencies regulate -- it's like OJ policing himself. Also now the Arizona Department of Racing is not supported by your tax dollars (the General Fund) and must provide for itself so why do they want to harm/kill off one of their own?
Tucson Greyhound Park continues to do as it's always done without transparency and accountability.
Thank you Tim Vanderpool for continuing to tell the story of state sanctioned dog abuse as well as since 1994 has never paid taxes on their millions and millions of dollars earned on live dog racing or simulcast. (They do pay property taxes, licensing, food & beverage tax.)
Everyone reading this should be contacting their AZ state legislators (even the ones who claim to be animal advocates) and ask them how/why this cruel charade is allowed to persist. TGP is a black mark on South Tucson and the City of Tucson (because it's called Tucson Greyhound Park, doesn't matter what city it's in) and Pima County.
Business as usual at AZ Department or Racing. I recently requested public records for a dog that was found dead in the Tucson Greyhound Park kennel in December. At first it was ignored until I publicly blogged about it on Tucson Tails. Then I received a response from Director Walsh,
"Please forgive the delay in getting back to you. The bottom line is that there is no document that we possess to respond to your public record request. I looked into the situation and, after talking to the Department’s chief steward and chief veterinarian, learned that this greyhound (Atomic Charm) was found dead in its kennel one morning. The dog’s carcass was placed in a freezer and when Dr. Carlton came to the track that evening, he inspected it and could find no outward evidence of any injuries to Atomic Charm – nothing broken, no evidence of any needle marks etc. Dr. Carlton could ascribe no reason other than natural causes for its death. I hope this helps answer your question.
Arizona Department of Racing"
It's chilling that the Director of Racing called the dog "it" and referred to her dead body as a "carcass." That says it all. Natural causes for a 3 year old dog? I don't think so. And "there is no document that we possess" That makes me wonder if there is a document but ADOR is not making a request and that's their loophole. And if there is no reporting of dead dogs -- why not? Just another day, week, year, decade without transparency and accountability.
Thank you Tim Vanderpool for your astounding reporting of TGP.
This crap must end -- Tucson Greyhound Park and AZ Department of Racing/ shut them down! Ask your elected officials to grow some courage.
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