Tucson Rally: Remember Missy Greyhound-Senseless Deathby Karyn Zoldan on Aug. 29, 2011, under Animal Cruelty, Greyhounds
For Tucsonans who have been greyhound adopters for more than four years, many will remember an incident that received much press when on the night of August 31, 2007, an allegedly inebriated Tucson Greyhound Park kennel operator tried to save Missy’s life after she broke her leg during a race.
Poor Missy (racing name Pa’s Mismakamess) was only 2 years old and had raced 7 times. Other than being a race dog, her other misfortune was having a kennel operator who didn’t want to save her life.
And so she was euthanized even though the allegedly inebriated kennel operator tried to save her by removing Missy from the premises; even though a local greyhound adoption group was on their way to pick her up; even though an adoption group from San Diego would have jumped in their vehicle and driven 6 hours to pick her up; and even though a virtual greyhound adoption group was on the premises in name only and did nothing to save Missy’s life.
According to an Arizona Department of Racing document which chronicled the event after many complaints were logged, a track vet …”determined that the animal had a fracture to the right hock. The options were either surgical correction or humane euthanization.”
To the rest of us — adopters and animal advocates — a greyhound with a broken leg or broken hock will heal and become a beloved pet. However, to the greyhound racing industry and to the state agency who is supposed to oversee greyhound welfare, a dog with a broken leg has no chance of winning money and therefore is exploitable and expendable.
Let’s remember Missy…
Meet on Wednesday – August 31, 2011 – 7 to 8:30 a.m. – drop by on your way to work
Peaceful protest to Remember MISSY the GREYHOUND and her senseless death.
(And all the other greyhounds who have lost their lives from cruel and inhumane dog racing in South Tucson)
Meet in front of a midtown venue with off-track betting located at 4915 E. Speedway Blvd. (2 blocks east of Swan), park on Arcadia (FYI: OTB activity props up dog racing).
Bring a sign or signs will be available (some from the original protest in 2007).
(Cairo is pictured in the photo. As a cherished pet, Cairo enjoyed soft beds and loving hands; comforts that Missy never had the chance to experience. Photo is courtesy of David Wood.)