Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday Hound Blogging

Well, when it rains it pours, or if you're an overlord, when it rains someone usually comes and tells you to come inside. Last week we told you about the string of owies that have come upside the collective heads of our favorite group of animal exploiters.

This week the hits just keep on coming.

The Iowa Court of Appeals sided with a state commission's decision not to reissue a racing license for a defunct greyhound park in Waterloo. You may recall we have visited this particular group of overlords before. These are the folks who were upset with the state gaming commission because it wouldn't allow them to open a failed track, again. As NCC Board President Wally Mochal said at the time, "That's not their entitlement. This is America and if you can't be stupid here, where can you be stupid?"

Now, it turns out the real issue is that Mr. Mochal's group really wants the state to let them use the old license so they don't have to pay the fee for a new one. "Do you know what that fee costs?" Mochal asked. "It's more than the track would make in a year and I'm not about to live on catfood. Again."

See, Mr. Mochal, your problem is you're not diversified. You have all your eggs in the racing basket. You need to look at other markets, like the folks in Florida.

A dispute over profits from off-track wagering is standing in the way of Floridians being able to bet on Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Robert Christmas, assistant general manager of the Melbourne Greyhound Park, located at 100 North Wickham road, is caught in the middle. “It does hurt us,” Christmas said. “The crowds that we would get from the people coming in to play this race and the overall activity is an impact against our facility.”

Oops. Bad example. Well look, maybe if you promised to improve your care for the dogs like they do in England.

The largest breeder of greyhounds in Britain is offering to sell healthy young dogs to be killed and dissected for research, an investigation has found.

All righty then. We're running out of suggestions. You got any ideas Joey?

Mojo AKA Joey is happy and playful. He enjoys playing outside when the weather is nice. He is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. Joey 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. 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 at Life program is doing for the dogs, and the prisoners, go here.

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