Dear Arizona Department of Racing:
I faxed a public record request for injury reports for greyhounds at Tucson Greyhound Park.
I received a timely response from Arizona Department of Racing:
“ Dear Ms. Zoldan: We are unable to provide records in response to your Public Records Reproduction Request of August 17, 2012 requesting “All Tucson Greyhound Park greyhound injury reports for the period of January 1, 2012 through and including July 31, 2012” for the following reason:
The Department does not have public records in its possession which are responsive to your request.
The Department’s response to your request is complete. “
Let’s continue our dialogue . Now my question to the Arizona Department of Racing is: Why don’t you have the injury reports for Tucson Greyhound Park?
According to the Arizona Department of Racing website, “The Department of Racing regulates the Arizona pari-mutuel horse and greyhound racing industry. The Department oversees and supervises all commercial horse, greyhound, and county fair racing meetings; licenses participants; collects state revenues generated by race meetings; promotes and encourages the breeding of horses and greyhounds in the State; and enforces laws and rules related to racing and wagering to protect industry participants and the public.”
According to the Arizona Department of Racing’s Mission:
To regulate and supervise pari-mutuel racing and wagering conduced in Arizona in order to protect the racing participants and the wagering public. . . . .”
Just how does the Arizona Department of Racing regulate the greyhounds’ welfare?
According to this document injury reports do exist and here is proof.
How do you protect the racing participants otherwise known as greyhounds if you don’t ever ask to review the injury reports? The above report states that “the track condition accounted for 7 of 19 injuries and the injuries cluster around fractures. Some hock injuries can and are rehabilitated and others are career ending.” (Does that mean the dogs have to return to racing after their hock injuries heal?) This looks like there are problems at the dog track in South Tucson.
My question to the Arizona Department of Racing is: What kind of regulating is that?