Friday, August 01, 2008

Friday Hound Blogging

OK, so everybody knows the overlords have hit a bit of a rough patch for, oh the last thirty years or so. Prosperity might be just around the corner though if the animal rights whackos would just quit trying to convince people that sucking a meager existence off the backs of innocent animals and then discarding them like yesterday's news isn't the glamorous career choice they'd like us to believe it is.

Oh, that and having to pay taxes.

City officials have begun foreclosure proceedings on Wonderland Greyhound Park for failure to pay $789,293 in taxes over the last two years. "I used all the checks in the checkbook," track president Richard P. Dalton said. "I thought that meant all the bills were paid."

Wonderland Park, the city's eighth biggest taxpayer and now the city's largest tax delinquent, also owes $16,673.70 in water and sewer bills, said George M. Anzuoni, Revere's director of finance. "We're number one! We're number one!" Dalton chanted.

The track has been delinquent since 2006, city officials said. But city councilors were surprised to learn last week that the track was able to obtain annual liquor and restaurant licenses, as well as a special permit for parking at a track-owned parking lot while delinquent on taxes. That is a violation of a local ordinance.

"Greyhound racing is wholesome, well regulated clean family fun," Dalton told reporters. "You just have to watch us all the time, that's all."

Mayor Thomas G. Ambrosino had no answers when he was questioned by City Council President George V. Colella at a meeting Monday."Obviously there was an error here," Ambrosino told the council. "And I think it's called Greyhound Racing."

Ambrosino said he has not received any communication from Wonderland officials."I'd be very surprised if an entity like that would let the city take over a venue valued at $15 million to $20 million for taxes owed that are under $1 million," Ambrosino said. "That would be a very foolish business decision."

"Those are the kind of decisions I'm best at," said Dalton.

Well, that's a big 10-4 huh, Ellie?

Ellie is quiet, friendly, gives kisses, snuggles, & lays down by you. She will let you spoon her and will move to be with you. She is a very sweet & quiet girl. Ellie would be great in a home where she is not alone more than 6 or 7 hours. She is good with well-mannered children, 6 and up. She is good with other dogs and is 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.

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