It appears that Tom Taylor has left the building or according to this KVOA segment, was forced out from Tucson Greyhound Park. However, in this TucsonNewsNow (KOLD) segment, Mr. Taylor was fired because of copiers. It’s odd because he admits to skirting the law but was fired for copiers.
And in this most recent KGUN9 segment, it is claimed his lawyer recommends that he no longer go on camera. KGUN9 does the best job of reminding the viewers of all the controversies last year – the steroid injections, rising dog injuries, and poor track conditions.
His replacement Tony Fasulo has yet to respond to the media.
Missing Dogs – People who have been around as long as I have may remember Mr. Fasulo as he was at the helm of Tucson Greyhound Park as the chief operating officer during the 140+ missing greyhounds travesty in 2005-2006. In this Arizona Daily Star article from 2006, “Records show that last fall, the track’s general manager, Chris McConnell, and Tony Fasulo, chief operating officer for ZapCon Inc., which owns the track, contacted the National Greyhound Association to check Favreau’s standing with the organization.
The association serves as the registry of racing greyhounds in North America.
Gary Guccione, the organization’s executive director, told them Favreau was in good standing, but he also said Favreau’s Colorado license was suspended for the 1998 sale of greyhounds to Colorado State University for research without the permission of their owners, according to records.”
(For more background about the 140 missing Tucson greyhounds never to be found, read this Tucson Weekly article – Dogs Gone: “A man with a questionable past was paid to take more than 150 animals from Tucson Greyhound Park–and then they disappeared”)
In 2005, Mr. Fasulo was newly hired as the COO when the Juarez crisis occurred. At TGP, 35 racing greyhounds were stuffed into a transport vehicle meant to hold 20 dogs. Ten dogs died on their way to the Juarez dog track. Mr. Fasulo was also the director of racing at Juarez.
According to the Greyhound Network News article, “The Juarez issue has polarized the nationwide adoption community. The nation’s oldest and largest advocacy and adoption groups vehemently oppose the shipment of graded-off greyhounds bred in the United States to a third-world country with no animal protection laws.”
There have been other staffing changes at TGP. Currently, Tucson radio talk show host, John C. Scott, is the Operations Manager. According to an Inside Tucson Business article, Mr. Scott is the director of information and public affairs, and has been the track announcer since August 2011.
Florida Loss $35 Million
In other greyhound news in Florida, “Greyhound racing is a “dying sport” that has been hemorrhaging revenue for years, according to a study of commissioned by the Florida Legislature.” Facilities that have greyhound racing lost $35 million on racing in 2012.
Dubai to California or Bust
Finally in some happier news, three Saluki/Greyhound mixes that were abandoned in Dubai are San Francisco bound to Greyhound Friends for Life. This goes to show what greyhound rescue groups will do to save more dogs.