Friday, February 24, 2006

Friday Hound Blogging

It must be tough being an overlord. There's the third grade education that got you into this career. The never ending search for a cheaper trailer park to live in. The constantly untied shoes because you lost the instructions. Again. The buzzing sound in your head, and the memory loss whenever you sneeze.

That must be what happened to Gene Wayne King, 46, of Houston, and John Douglas Fuhrman.

A greyhound racer maimed in fights with other dogs died after handlers allowed the animal to suffer for two days, according to an arrest report. "I was gonna get help," King said. "But I couldn't remember where I parked my car, then I got lost and I forgot."

Injuries to Petey, the dead greyhound , were so severe that bones and muscles were exposed after the fight. "I was on break," Fuhrman said.

Help for the hurt greyhound only came after a trainer for a different kennel contacted a greyhound advocacy group, which got permission from handlers to take the dog to an emergency clinic where he died. "We never would have known about it if Fuhrman hadn't asked to come over and asked us if we thought the dog could still race," said a member of the greyhound rescue group

Dan Francati, the general manager of the Daytona Beach Kennel Club, said neither man was employed by the club. "These idiots aren't our idiots," he told reporters. "Our people would have had enough sense to cover it up before anyone found out."

He did not want to comment on a pending court case, but said the kennel takes unit welfare seriously. "Dead units mean less revenue for us," he said. "I mean it's sad when a unit gets hurt."

Yeah. We can tell you're all broken up. Right Bubba?
Bubba is Mr. Easygoing. He is laid back, gentle, lovable, and he loves affection and belly rubs. He will stand right in your way for pets. He often is found looking for things to carry around, especially toys. He tends mind his foster family well. He enjoys playing with toys. 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.


James said...

Do you know if people are using greys for fighting as a sideline type of thing or was this just a fight. I can't imagine gerys fighting. Sick.

Glad to see Bubba made it out. He's got very striking eyes.

Ironicus Maximus said...

They aren't used for fighting (skin too thin, not the right disposition) but they are put out together for exercise. The males usually go in one fenced area and the females in another. Supposedly they have their muzzles on so this sort of thing won't happen. Supposedly.