Friday, April 04, 2008

Friday Hound Blogging

Long time readers of this blog have a high tolerance for mean have often been regaled with our reporting on the high degree of care given to the units by their overlords. See, when your trailer payment depends on the dogs being able to get out there and run day after day, you can't afford to scrimp on any aspect of their care.

Well, maybe just a little.

On his first visit to the greyhound kennel, the investigator reported an ''outrageous stench'' of urine so strong it sent a track judge reeling from the building. A second inspection, about two weeks later, found no improvement in the ''noxious'' stink. "Well, duh," said Isadore Havenick, a vice president of Miami-Dade's Flagler Dog Track. "They're not housebroken because they don't live in a house."

The filth, ticks and odor at the Orlando-area kennel amounted to animal abuse, state investigator Stephen Toner concluded. "Mr. Toner is obviously confused," Havenick told reporters. "He must think greyhounds are dogs or something and thus protected under cruelty statutes.

Yeah. Where does he get off messing with your meal ticket? It's not just about the dogs Mr. Animal Rights Whacko, it's also about the thousands and thousands and thousands of people who work in the industry.

Of course that's just an estimate.

The committee that penned the ballot initiative to end greyhound racing in the state by 2010 is contesting a statement by Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park owner George Carney regarding the number of employees that are supported by his operation and Wonderland in Revere. Carney was quoted as stating that between 6,000 and 8,000 workers would be affected if the two tracks closed. Christine Dorchak, cochairwoman of the Committee to Protect Dogs, called Carney's number grossly inflated. "We're very concerned that, after appearing in The Boston Globe, that number will be repeated over and over again," Dorchak said. "According to our sources, there are about 800 employees paid directly by the two tracks.

"Look, I'm a businessman, not a mathematician," Carney responded.

Right. Who's got time to count up employees when there's rubes to fleece. Besides, the dogs only spend eight hours or so in the kennels anyway.

Well, if by eight hours you mean 18 - 22.

Raynham Park general manager Gary Temple asserts that dogs at his track are confined for as little as 8-10 hours per day, and let out of their cages five times per day. In reality, thousands of dogs endure lives of nearly endless confinement at two racetracks in our state, kept in small cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around for 20 or more hours per day. Specifically, dogs are confined perpetually in stacked cages.

"I'm a general manager, not a clock watcher," Temple told reporters.

All righty then. About time for you to find a home, huh Guadalajara?

Guadalajara is a little timid with new people, but will warm up within a few minutes. He is very smart and learns quickly. He gets along well with other dogs and his foster family. He is very affectionate and will approach his family for pets and hugs. His tail is curly like a cork screw and when he is happy or playing his tail spins like a helicopter. He is very playful. He likes to gather his toys and take them to his crate. He loves to chew on bones.He is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. He is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. Guadalajara would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 10 and up. He is good with other dogs and would probably be fine as an only dog. He needs a single family home, because he tends to be vocal when his family arrives home. He would do best in a home with a 5 foot + fence, as he tends to stand up and look over the fence. 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.

And if you 'd like to know more about the good work the Second Chance for Life program is doing for the dogs, and the prisoners, go here.

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