Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday Hound Blogging (Saturday Edition)

Oops. Heh heh, well look at the time will you? Seems like only yesterday it was Friday. Oh wait, it was Friday yesterday. And where was Friday Hound Blogging you ask? Good question. Wish we had a good answer, but hey, FHB Saturday Edition is one of the time honored traditions here in the marbled halls of IM Central which means we used it as an excuse the last time we failed at the one singular attempt by this blog to have even the slightest scintilla of socially redeeming value.

But enough about us. You're here because your brother in law isn't back from the beer run mean because if you have to hear Uncle Bill tell the story about how he saw Angelina Jolie in the airport one more time you're going to stick your head in the Well, no matter. You think you're having a bad day? Try being one of the overlords.  All over the country laws are being passed that, if one were so inclined, one might assume meant that no one wanted the overlords around anymore. Take Tucson for example.
In 2008, the voters of South Tucson passed a measure aimed at improving the treatment of greyhounds at the track. Among other things, the Tucson Dog Protection Act forbids the dosing of female greyhounds with anabolic steroids, which contain hormones to keep them from going into heat.
Whoa. Now that's a pretty forward looking ordinance. The good people of Tucson are on to you overlords. Going to have to clean up your act or the civil authorities will just cold shut your animal exploiting buttocks down.
For nearly two years, the track has been breaking the law. And for at least one of those years, South Tucson city officials have known this, and have done nothing about it.
Boo Ya! How you like us now Mr. We Care About The Dogs Like They Were Family Except When We Kill Them For Being Slow? Not so much fun to abuse living creatures now is it? Not when you got John Law camped out on your doorstep. Not when...wait. Say that again.
For nearly two years, the track has been breaking the law. And for at least one of those years, South Tucson city officials have known this, and have done nothing about it.
 Umm...are we missing something? Let's see. Voters elect city officials to administer governmental offices which includes seeing that laws and ordinances are adhered to. Voters pass ordinance that says no giving greyhounds steroids. City officials do the job they were elected by voters to do. Nope think we got it.
It now appears that track officials never intended to comply with the new law. "This letter is to inform you that I will be providing testosterone shots at Tucson Greyhound Park," Dr. Joe Robinson wrote in a Jan. 12, 2009, letter to the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board. In an interview the following October, Robinson said he had no plans to refrain from providing steroid injections. "It's licensed under the state of Arizona," he told me, "and I'm doing what I'm licensed to do."
Oh, well there's the problem. Tucson isn't in Arizona. OK, our bad.
Throughout this time, city officials have done nothing to stop the apparent flouting of the voter-approved steroid ordinance. When Robinson's actions were first uncovered by the Tucson Weekly last year, South Tucson city manager Enrique Serna cited his community's over-stretched resources as one reason for not taking action. He also questioned whether the law was actually being broken. "I'm hearing all kinds of different things legally," he said.
Yeah, well that's going to happen when you get your legal advice from the guy at the MacDonalds Drive Through.
City Manager Serna suggests that's about to change, given Robinson's defiant admissions to the veterinary board. "If, in fact, it boils down to him flagrantly violating the ordinance and administering steroids, I'll ask the city attorney to take appropriate action," Serna says.
 Uh, sir? Mr. Serna? That's already happened. We mean, dude sent a letter for chrissakes! Basically said IN YOUR FACE BITCHEZ!!What else do you want him to do? Come to your house and inject a greyhound on your porch? Man. Some people, huh Jimbo?

Jimbo is another in the growing wave of refugees coming off the tracks at the industry gasps its last. We don't know much about him except that he is four years old and raced at Ebro. 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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