AZ: Gov. Brewer signs SB 1273 Tucson dog racing decoupling billby Karyn Zoldan on May. 10, 2012, under Animal News, Greyhounds
This is the second year in a row that the two Florida millionaire owners of Tucson Greyhound Park found sponsors for the Tucson Greyhound Park decoupling bill. Thank you to Senator Michele Reagan (R) and Representative J.D. Mesnard (R) for co-sponsoring this bill.
What SB 1273 does is allow for decoupling. That means Tucson Greyhound Park can still offer simulcast and off-track-betting of other races (horse & dog) year around but can now have live dog racing for 100 days a year, and can also agree to reduce the number of live race days to less than 100. Under the previous law, the track was forced to hold a minimum of 200 races per year. SB 1273 was presented as purely a business bill not related to anything having to do with improving the lives of greyhounds.
Tucson Tails would prefer no dog racing, no days a year, but for a state like Arizona that is not animal friendly or people friendly for that matter, 100 days of racing is an improvement. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the TGP greyhounds won’t have to race this summer like they did last summer and decades before that in 100-plus-degree temperatures?
Between January 2007 and November 2009, there were nearly 1,000 greyhound injuries reported at Arizona dog tracks, including broken legs, sprains, dislocations, muscle tears & strains, lacerations, a cracked skull, broken backs, heat stroke, puncture wounds, and paralysis. You can view the Arizona report here.
Tucson Greyhound Park has a litany of offenses. Here are but a few:
- Video exposes cruelty at dog track in South Tucson
- Ticks crawling up the wall
- Dopes dogs outside South Tucson
- Kennel transcends mere filth
- More than 150 missing greyhounds
Please consider writing to Sen. Reagan and Rep. Mesnard and Governor Jan Brewer and thanking them for supporting and passing the bill.
On an unrelated note, Freeway the greyhound was found running on I-75 in Florida. He survived 3 days in the sun with his muzzle on. If you can make a small donation to help in his medical bills, please do. Thank you