by Karyn Zoldan
Well, it's about time and of course, it hasn't happened yet but because of some missing greyhounds (100-200), our state Department of Racing has decided to do an investigation—but of course, there is no deadline for when that investigation will be done.
Don't worry Mr. Racing Commissioner: We greyhound adopters will be hounding you about it (pun intended).
Missing? How can 100-200 greyhounds go missing? The greyhound racing industry in general has a history of missing greyhounds. Missing greyhounds turn up in research laboratories or veterinarian schools, or simply vanish into the desert or remote areas to fend for themselves or be used as target practice. While they are zealously tracked by their ear tattoos during their racing career, they fall off the radar the minute they lose their last race.
My questions for the Department of Racing are: How often do you currently inspect Tucson Greyhound Park? What do you inspect it for? Where are those findings posted? When was the last time you inspected it? What did you find?
If you have the stomach for it, here's a partial list of greyhound abuses through the years.
Just this week 35 greyhounds in Oregon died from heat exhaustion when the Curtis Washburn kennel's A/C went on the blitz and no one was around to notice. Last week, Pima Animal Care Center picked up a badly neglected greyhound that did not come from any of the local rescue groups but coincidentally from the Washburn Kennel. The greyhound is being held at PACC pending a criminal investigation and then will go to a local rescue group for adoption.
I will stop blogging about greyhound abuse when the abuse stops.