In the past few months, there has been an avalanche of media about Tucson Greyhound Park, the steroids, and all the problems associated with this dying sport where yes—dogs still die, break their legs, are injured. In case you missed any of the articles, they are all compiled here for reference as well as quoted excerpts that are colorful, full of crap, and/or complicit. Bookmark this page for future reference.
(Note to media: Thanks for the coverage.)
April 12, 2012 – Tucson Weekly
South Tucson’s greyhound track skirts the law by doping dogs outside of the city
This article started the snowball effect. Thank you Tim Vanderpool!
“Serna says that’s not the case. “The comment made by Tom Taylor is absurd,” he says. “My conversations with him, from the very beginning, dealt with why he was allowing these people to continue to do that stuff in violation of our ordinance.”
August 27, 2012 – KGUN9
Unethical? Greyhound Park’s racing dogs injected with anabolic steroids in Tucson
Greyhound Park CEO admits to ‘skirting the law,’ allowing injections banned by South Tucson
“Doan: And you have no qualms about it?
Taylor: Not at all.
“Taylor allowed our cameras to shoot the greyhounds’ kennels – what he calls “perfect conditions” for the pooches – and insists that animal rights activist are wrong in wanting greyhounds to be treated like people.”
(Note to Tom Taylor: What about the investigative video which showed dogs living in cages with their muzzles on? We don’t know of any people who are treated like your dogs. Do you?)
August 31, 2012 – KGUN9
Greyhound Park’s CEO: steroid injections are safe form of birth control
Dozens of veterinarians signed petition, supporting ban on greyhound steroid injections in South Tucson
“In the story that aired Monday, CEO Tom Taylor admitted operators were skirting the South Tucson city ordinance. “
“Most animal lovers will tell you this is the safest way of giving birth control because after you take them off it, they can have puppies – healthy puppies afterwards – with no problems,” Taylor said.”
(Note to Tom Taylor: After the dogs finish their racing careers, the vast majority (hopefully) go to adoption groups where they are spayed or neutered ASAP. No racing greyhound dog goes to his or her forever home intact. The only people who want puppies are the racing industry. Healthy? Your words show that you have no clue as to what happens to these dogs during the rest of their lives.)
September 6, 2012 – Tucson Weekly
The city of Tucson may put the squeeze on a doc’s greyhound antics
“Tom Taylor argues that “it has been decided” that his dogs don’t need licenses, because they’ve already been vaccinated.
Apparently, that was “decided” by Tom Taylor alone; Janes says he’s just awaiting word from South Tucson to proceed with licensing enforcement at the track. That move could raise several thousand dollars, and offset the cost to South Tucson taxpayers for PACC’s services, which topped $57,000 in fiscal year 2011.
But this extra revenue is apparently not a priority for South Tucson leaders—despite the fact that they perennially cry poverty when asked about lax enforcement at the track.”
September 7, 2012 – Arizona Daily Star
Racing greyhound steroid shots continue despite ban
“”It’s what’s best for the dogs,” Taylor said. “And we will always do what’s best for the dogs.”
And that’s why they started driving dogs into Tucson to continue the injections.
Taylor said the misperception arose from past practices, where kennel operators would be the ones administering the drugs.”
(Note to Tom Taylor: And when you shut down TGP, you better make sure that every one of those greyhounds under your watch safely arrives at an adoption group. Nothing less would be acceptable as that is what’s best for the dogs.)
September 11, 2012 – Arizona Daily Star – Opinion
Dog-racing industry a model of disregard – Our view: Ban practice of greyhounds getting anabolic steroid shots within city
“We are not surprised Tucson Greyhound Park has skirted around a South Tucson law that bans anabolic steroid injections for dogs.”
The track has long shown little regard for the concerns expressed by greyhound activists for the health and care of the dogs. By sending the racers into the city of Tucson for their steroids, Tucson Greyhound Park doubles down on disregard.
“It’s what’s best for the dogs,” Taylor said. “And we will always do what’s best for the dogs.”
Will Tucson Greyhound Park always do what’s best for the dogs?
History says no. The greyhound racing industry again and again has shown disregard for the dogs.
We all, hopefully, remember the that 140 greyhounds who went missing from the track Tucson Greyhound Park between 2005 and 2006.”
(Note to Arizona Daily Star: THANK YOU!)
September 11, 2012 – KGUN9
City of Tucson slams the door on steroid injections for greyhounds
Tucson Greyhound Park CEO vows to fight to change the law
“”Are there other laws in the city of South Tucson that you knowingly and willingly disregard in such a manner?” Uhlich asked. (That was the million dollar question!)
Taylor replied, “No. I wouldn’t break this one if it wasn’t so important for the dogs.”
Taylor and his supporters say the dogs have never been treated better than they are now.”
(Note to whomever: And, since it has become apparent how the TGP greyhounds are being treated now, that comment raises even more concerns.)
(Note to Tucson City Council: THANK YOU!)
September 11, 2012 – Tucson Tails blog
Tucson Opinion on Greyhound Steroids Ban: Thank Dog – Update
September 12, 2012 – KGUN9
Dog fight: CEO and local lawmaker at odds over greyhounds and steroids. Watch the video.
September 12, 2012 – Tucson News Now
(Note to Tom Taylor: Pinal County or bust?)
September 17, 2012 – KGUN9
Hundreds of dogs at Tucson Greyhound Park are not licensed
Pima Animal Care: greyhound caretakers must soon start paying fees
“TGP has been in the headlines recently, after CEO Tom Taylor admitted to skirting the law of South Tucson, by injecting the dogs with anabolic steroids – as a form of birth control – outside city limits.
Enrique Serna, the city manager of South Tucson, said that money would have come in handy.
“It would’ve been really helpful to be collecting fees that would’ve offset money out of the general fund, when we’ve been trying to cut salaries, lay off people, things of that sort,” Serna said.”
(Note to South Tucson: Don’t come crying to the Pima County that you cannot pay your bills.)
September 17, 2012 – Arizona Daily Star
Track has never had any dogs licensed
Pima looks at how greyhound park sidestepped rabies-vaccination tags
“During the mid-1990s, dog- and horse-racing tracks saw their revenue plummet as the rise in Native American casinos and other factors cut into their profits. So the Legislature passed a law designed to give struggling tracks a helping hand and implemented a “hardship tax credit.”
Since that time, Tucson Greyhound Park and other tracks have paid next to nothing in state taxes.
Over the past five fiscal years, Tucson Greyhound Park took in around $17.5 million in track commissions and has received more than $1.6 million in tax credits.
Over the past five fiscal years, Tucson Greyhound Park took in around $17.5 million in track commissions and has received more than $1.6 million in tax credits.”
(Note to all especially TGP kennel operators: One of the two Florida billionaire owners of Tucson Greyhound Park had his residence written up 10 years ago in the Robb Report — “Our house in Miami seemed too large and too formal to accommodate Art Deco…But this apartment on the 31st floor seemed New Yorky and glamorous, the perfect setting.” Robert Consolo, Jr. of Zapcon, Inc., co-owns the Tucson Greyhound Park in Arizona.)
(Note to all: Tucson Greyhound Park should pay taxes like every other business.)
September 19, updated September 26 - Tucson News Now
Dog track going all-male, stops giving anabolic steroids to females
“The problem is they [the track] may not get enough dogs to come in if we only accept males. It may not happen, but it is a concern,” Taylor said.
The Greyhound Protection League has offered to help pay for the transportation of the female TGP greyhounds and assist with adoptions.
“We want to make sure that every TGP kennel operator and greyhound owner knows that our offer is on the table,” said Greyhound Protection League President, Susan Netboy in a press release provided to Tucson News Now. “This is a chance for these dogs to experience life as a beloved pet; that’s the life they deserve.”
(Note to Greyhound Protection League: What a great idea! I hope if Tom Taylor really cares about the dogs as he has claimed repeatedly that he takes your organization up on its generous offer.)
September 19, 2012 – Arizona Daily Star
“Taylor said spaying the dogs was not an option because it presents a serious risk to the dogs’ health.
“We’ve been advised by veterinarians across the country that this is the best course of action,” Taylor said. “There’s too much danger in spaying a female greyhound. They don’t take anesthesia well and there can be a lot of complications in the spaying process.”
(Note to Tom Taylor: Every female greyhound that goes into an adoption group is spayed asap. You’ve shown that you really know nothing about their life after racing. Unbelievable!)
“Because what’s better for the dogs is better for the track.”
(Note to Tom Taylor: Aha! It has nothing to do with the dogs and everything to do with the track. Business as usual.)
“Dog-racing critic Councilman Steve Kozachik lauded the change as a good first step, but said more needs to be done.”
September 21, 2012 – KVOA
As Tucson Greyhound Park ceases shots concerns still remain
“This track has skirted the law too much and frankly it’s the Pima County Animal Care Center who has been asleep at the wheel on this,” Kozachik said, adding later: “They’re the ones who should have been out there charging these fees.”
September 24, 2012 – KGUN9 (watch the video)
Reports at Greyhound Park reveal poor track conditions, dozens of injuries
“You might hear those words in promotions for the sport of greyhound racing, but there are other words you won’t hear: fractures, pulled muscles and lacerations. Injuries are the dark side of racing.
“Everything we do here at Tucson Greyhound Park is what is good for the greyhound,” Taylor said in an August interview.
In March, one inspector complained about TGP’s delays in repairing equipment and wrote: “This neglect will not be tolerated.”
(Note to all: State sanctioned animal abuse piled high with excuses and neglect. So what else is new?)
September 28, 2012 – KGUN9
Tension heightens between Councilman Kozachik, Greyhound Park’s CEO
They have strong words for each other
“Some people might think so, but many others would not. Quite frankly, this is about the welfare of the animals and it’s a sleazy industry and the guy is all over it,” Kozachik said. “He ought to spend time maintaining his track making sure dogs aren’t injuring themselves.”
October 9, 2012 – Tucson News Now
“Tucson News Now caught up with the park’s CEO last month, who did not attend the council meeting Tuesday. He said the steroids were being used as a form of birth control for female dogs.”
(Note to all: If females are in heat, they cannot race. If female dogs cannot race, they cannot make money but female dogs still have to be fed. Steroids keep the females running. No rest for the weary. Steroids has nothing to do what’s best for the dogs. As said above, it’s what’s best for the track.)
October 10, 2012 – Tucson Tails blog
October 11, 2012 – Tucson Weekly
Bad Track Record
Almost 70 greyhounds were injured over a two-month period at TGP—and the state handed out no punishment
“The records are scathing. “Tucson Greyhound Park needs to do a lot better job maintaining their equipment and fix broken equipment immediately,” says one ADOR inspector’s report, obtained by the Tucson Weekly. “This neglect will not be tolerated.”
Such negligence outrages Tucson Ward 6 City Councilman Steve Kozachik, who’s been waging a one-man jihad against the track, even though it lies beyond his jurisdiction, in the tiny burg of South Tucson.”
(Note to all: Tucson greyhound racing is state sanctioned animal abuse where track personnel and the state just CYA to protect their paychecks. You have to wonder how these people sleep at night.)
“It seems odd, though, that this situation was allowed to continue as long as it did, considering that proceeds from the licensing could offset the nearly $60,000 that South Tucson pays to Pima County each year for animal-control services.”
Here’s a petition to close Tucson Greyhound Park. Please consider signing. Looking for 1,000 signatures…as of this writing, 75% completed. If it were that easy, TGP would be closed down. The only people who want to keep the track open are the people who are making money off the dogs. The rest of you are shocked that this kind of appalling animal abuse is still allowed to exist in Pima County. Thank you to Animalia Latina for starting the petition. Signatures are forwarded to Arizona Department of Racing, City of South Tucson, Pima Animal Care, and Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer.
(Photo courtesy of Perry W.)