Friday, May 20, 2005

Friday Hound Blogging

Well, another week of the best of care for racing greyhounds has passed and let's see, how many died this week? Oh, only 16 in Massachusetts, Several in Iowa and Rhode Island and four in Colorado.

As you may imagine, this has devastated the overlords, who care so much for their dogs. Cloverleaf Greyhound track general manager John Manning said, "Kennel cough swept through the kennels during the past month, cutting the track's gross profit by about $100,000."

Officials in Arizona expressed similar concern for the dogs. Paul Custead, said "This is our source of income if they don't run we don't make money."

And Custead wasn't the only heartbroken overlord. At Wonderland Park in Massachusetts where 18 dogs have died since the outbreak, Richard Dalton, track president said " If Massachusetts refuses to lift its ban on Las Vegas-style gambling, the Revere dog track will probably close in less than five years."

When asked what would happen to the dogs if his track closed Dalton replied, "Dogs? What about me? I got no skills. What am I going to do?

Apparently the people of Massachusetts would like to see what the answer to Dalton's question would be because the legislature has introduced a bill to end greyhound racing in the state. Representative Susan Pope filed a bill that would ban live greyhound racing in Massachusetts.

"We'd like to see people, from the industry actually engage in worthwhile work," Pope said, explaining that her bill would use state racetrack subsidies to fund a job-retraining program for track workers whose jobs would be eliminated.

Poor Mr. Dalton. What will he do if his job is eliminated? Perhaps he should ask this week's hound RZ Mozzle's View whose "job" was eliminated because he couldn't make enough money for people like Dalton:

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For more information about this dog, and other rescued racing greyhounds looking for homes, go here. If you don't know about the plight of racing greyhounds go here.

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