It almost sounds incredulous but it’s not – the Arizona Department of Racing wants to rescind the Tucson Dog Protection ordinance 5 years after it was approved by the South Tucson voters.
While steroids are being banned in every level of society from high school sports to major league sports and horse racing – the Arizona Department of Racing wants to override the will of the people in South Tucson and advocate for Tucson Greyhound Park to once again shoot up dogs. Where’s the justice in that?
As an aside, the Arizona Department of Racing is not totally self-funded. $2,029,500 comes from the General Fund (i.e. your tax dollars) but more about that later.
In this article in the Arizona Daily Star (dated 10-5-13), the Arizona Department of Racing states…By implementing the measure, South Tucson subverted the department’s “power and authority to regulate the industry and the property on which the races are conducted,” Walsh wrote in the memo.” (Walsh is that agency’s director; he is a civil service employee appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer.)
It’s interesting to note that the new City Manager for South Tucson Luis Gonzales also has a gaming background. How convenient is that?
There’s going to be a special South Tucson City Council meeting on Wednesday October 8th at 6 pm. South Tucson City Council is located at 1601 S. 6th Avenue. City Council meetings are open to the public.
Last night (10-7-13) Tucson News Now (Channel 13/KOLD) also covered this important story.
Once again, “(Arizona Department of Racing) believes that this law interferes with its power and authority to regulate the industry and the property on which the races are conducted…”
More importantly the general manager said that Tucson Greyhound Park plans to uphold the ordinance until they hear otherwise.
Why 5 years later does some State employee want to undo what already works? Isn’t his job to protect racing participants, i.e. the greyhounds? And to the general manager of TGP, Tucson Tails asks if the ordinance is upheld – why are no dogs coming into heat? How do you explain that medical miracle?
Thanks to the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson News Now for covering this very important story and for the Tucson Weekly (8-22-13) for asking the same questions about why dogs were not coming into heat?
If dogs are not coming into heat – then why do they need harmful steroids to begin with?