Well, now the inevitable has happened and public citizen Nancy Jones, Grinnell has a few...ah...corrective words for the head overlord:
In Guccione's attempt to prop up and promote the dog-racing industry, he warns Iowans that Grey2K USA is a radical animal-rights group with an extreme agenda and accuses Grey2K of launching a misinformation campaign against greyhound racing in Iowa. The numbers of greyhounds injured in Iowa were obtained through public information from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission."Prop up?" Ms. Grinnell, surely you are misinformed. A potentially thriving industry like greyhound racing doesn't need to be propped up, it merely needs to get radical animal rights wackos off its back and be allowed to prosper by meeting the public demand, right Dairyland executive vice president Roy Berger?
Wisconsin's only pari-mutuel dog-racing track may close for good after this season. Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha told employees in a letter this week that a decision on the track's future will be made by Nov. 16. Dairyland executive vice president Roy Berger said both attendance and betting have dropped off and the track lost $3.4 million last year. Berger said attendance is down 19 percent so far this year compared to a year ago and betting is down 29 percent. He said the track has lost money for the past four years and 2008 was financially the worst year in track history."Financially the worst year in track history?" Come on, Mr. Berger, don't you think you're overstating just a little? We mean really. There are people in the industry who will read that. Think of them, their years of caring and devotion to the units...er...dogs. you're going to break their hearts with talk like that, right Dr. Joe Robinson?
Last year, South Tucson voters gave a thumbs-up to helping the beleaguered dogs of Tucson Greyhound Park.Well, in Dr. Joe's defense, he is a graduate of the Wal-Mart School of Veterinary Medicine. Luckily, the people charged with enforcing the protection act are on the job, right Kim Janes?
Among other things, the new law makes it illegal to inject female greyhounds with anabolic steroids. Those steroids contain hormones to keep the dogs from going into heat, but are also believed to cause genital deformities and severe urinary-tract problems.
Since passage of the Tucson Dog Protection Act, however, questions have emerged about whether this law is actually being enforced, and if so, by whom. Those concerns crystallized recently when the Tucson Weekly learned that a Green Valley veterinarian is regularly injecting the dogs, in direct violation of the South Tucson city ordinance. Furthermore, Dr. Joe Robinson isn't planning to stop.
Pima County hasn't monitored compliance with the new law. "Our workload is such that we only respond to complaints," PACC manager Kim Janes said at the time. "Only if a complaint comes in will we go and make sure what's happening."Hmm...We guess by complaint coming in they mean someone coming into the office, putting a gun to their heads, throwing them in a van and driving them out to the track to watch Dr. Joe inject a unit. Well, everybody's busy these days. Besides, it's not like people actually expect the government to do the things they vote for them to do anyway, right Linda Jenson, a Plainfield, Conn.-based breeder and president of nonprofit Protection of Working Animals and Handlers Inc.?
Dog-racing proponents have quietly launched multiple legal, financial and legislative battles to save the sport in Massachusetts in the final months before its ballot-mandated demise.Oh, Ms. Jenson. You mean to tell us that just because the people of Massachusetts voted to end dog racing, you think the government is actually going to do that? Obviously you haven't spoken with the folks from Friedman & Atherton LLP.
Raynham Park petitions the State Racing Commission for 2010 racing dates. In a Sept. 30 letter to the commission from Friedman & Atherton LLP, dog track operators in Raynham said their application was intended to "preserve the rights" of the track to run greyhound racing "depending upon the outcome of certain pending and/or future litigation and legislation."Ha! Take that pesky democratic process. You know, these voter people can really muck up a good thing, right Smokey?
Smokey is friendly, playful and outgoing. He will bark and play bow when he wants to play. He likes to “sing”. He loves to rub his face on you. He is a “morning dog” who likes to play in the morning. He is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. Smokey would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 7 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.