Protest Tucson Greyhound Racing – September 1by Karyn Zoldan on Aug. 29, 2012, under Animal Cruelty, Animal Events, Greyhounds
Dear animal lovers & advocates
Protest Dog Racing & Remembering Missy Greyhound
9:30 to 11 a.m.
Entrance to Park Place Mall on Broadway (by the bus bench/sign)
Bring a sign or use one of ours. The concepts to convey:
–Broken leg dog – don’t kill me!
–Dog racing = no transparency
–No steroids on the menu
–Dog racing = animal cruelty
Why Park Place Mall?
It’s a wasteland to protest at the South Tucson dog track and Park Place Mall gets lots of traffic/eyeballs and some shade by the bus bench.
Why the Protest?
August 31 marks the 5th Anniversary of a senseless killing of Missy (Pa’s Mismakamess) at Tucson Greyhound Park. Every year I remember this horrendous incident because some people tried to save this dog’s life. First the kennel operator (not the one who was making money off of her servitude) tried to save her; two RESCUE groups – one from Marana and another was willing to drive from San Diego to rescue her. That is what adoption groups do; they save dogs.
Missy broke her hock, unfortunately, not an uncommon occurrence then and now. Dogs with broken hocks are able to be rehabilitated and become couch potatoes…if they are lucky.
In the Arizona Department of Racing report the attending veterinarian had the option of saving Missy’s life or killing her: “Dr. Menke determined that the animal had a fracture to the right hock. Dr. Menke explained the options to Eric Nolan – either surgical correction or humane euthanization.” (page 4)
What is the difference between a staged dogfight and a staged dog race if the loser is euthanized?
Missy greyhound was performing her “job” and fractured a leg in the process. She was euthanized on the spot without the benefit of an x-ray or a proper medical evaluation to determine the extent of damage, despite the wishes of someone trying to give her another chance. The track vet decided to kill Missy without proper x-rays. If you took your pet dog to a vet, the minimum of an x-ray would be in order.
“During the hearing, Dr. Carlton was asked to discuss hock injuries to provide insight into the prescribed course of treatment for this type of injury. He noted for the record a total of 95 hock fractures occurred at Tucson Greyhound Park during the past three years. Forty of these dogs, who had injuries similar to “Pa’s Mismakamess” were humanely euthanized at the request of the owner or the owner’s representative. Dr. Carlton stated that all of these injuries could have been treated, undergone surgery, and received subsequent medical attention, but the euthanization decision is based on the “willingness and capacity of the individual to treat.” (page 5)
What’s another euthanized racing greyhound in the grand scheme of things? And who’s counting?
Really, what is the difference between fighting dogs for profit, and racing them for profit when the end game is death?
How many other dogs have broken their legs and hocks and nobody came to their rescue? We do know that there are problems with the track surface per Stewards Reports. We do know that kennel operators are complaining about this ongoing. But what we don’t know because there is no transparency and no injury reports of how many dogs are suffering injuries and how many dogs are dying because of those injuries.
“If circumstances were different, if Blair was not intoxicated and disruptive, if the veterinarians were not obstructed and delayed in providing medical attention, if a proper and legal offer and acceptance had occurred for the sale of the dog (who sells a broken leg dog on the verge of being killed?), if an adoption organization was present to formally commit to the adoption of the dog (Two adoption organizations were on their way, one group coming from Marana called in and spoke to the GM), if someone or an organization had been present to assume the cost and responsibility for medical care (repeat an organization was on its way to pick up the dog and assume responsibility for medical care; that is what RESCUE groups do), and if financial resources were readily available for medical care (repeat, see above!), the outcome may have been different. But, none of these “ifs” occurred in this matter. “ (page 13)
The incident review document which took six months to prepare is so full of faulty “ifs.”
R19-2-329(B) states that “Every effort shall be made to adopt the greyhounds not used for racing or breeding purposes.” Every effort was made (by one kennel operator and one rescue group on the way from Marana) and Missy still died.
If the Arizona Department of Racing actually did something in 2007 to regulate greyhound racing in Tucson that would be a miracle then and now in 2012.
If you have not already, please watch the KGUN segment about doping greyhounds in the City of Tucson.
Please consider making a small donation to a greyhound RESCUE group in memory of the broken leg dogs that don’t go to forever homes. GPA-Daytona could use some help about now as they have 75 to 100 dogs in their kennel at any one time.
It costs them nearly $3,000 a month to feed the adoption kennel greyhounds. Then they have the monthly expenses of wormers, medications, flea control products, insurance on the truck and trailer and maintenance, fuel, haul expenses, etc. Each haul of 30 some greyhounds usually cost around $1,750. In 2011 they spent nearly $40,000 hauling greyhounds to adoption groups throughout the United States. The truck and trailer are due for some much needed maintenance. 2012 has had more sick and injured dogs than usual and the number of grants and donations received are down. All of the above has put GPA Daytona in dire straits and in a financial crisis.
Update a/o Aug. 30 – The owner of the Daytona Greyhound Track is Delaware North. DNC used to own Phoenix Greyhound Park which closed in 2009. According to their website, “Delaware North has grown into a hospitality management company with more than $2 billion in annual revenue, earning a spot on the list of the most admired hospitality management companies in the world.”
“Delaware North pays for most of the broken leg greyhounds that break their legs racing there, however they do not pay for the ones that must be taken to a specialty clinic. Those are breaks that require more treatment and they pay nothing on those. Delaware North has done this for four years and there is no other additional financial assistance from the track. The kennels at Daytona are supposed to pay $10 per greyhound that goes into the adoption kennel, however that does not always happen. And in this year alone two of the kennels went out of business and the GPA Daytona adoption program placed all of those greyhounds with no monetary assistance.”
GPA Daytona has helped 7,000 greyhounds find a home. Many people have adopted greyhounds from the Florida track programs. Retired racing greyhounds in Florida need your help and support. There are still 13 tracks in Florida!
Feel free to share this with your own adoption group, Facebook page, etc.