by Karyn Zoldan
A two-year-old female greyhound named Pa’s Mismakamess (Missy) came up lame after the sixth race on Friday evening at Tucson Greyhound Park (TGP). She finished the race, but had sustained a commonplace injury to her hock. Kennel owner David Blair observed her being carried into the office of the track vet. Although Missy was not a dog from his kennel, he entered the office to assist.
Seeing that Missy had sustained only a minor injury and was not experiencing excessive pain, Mr. Blair offered to see to it that Missy got to a greyhound adoption group so that she could be treated and adopted out. The track vet, the state vet, the dog owner all insisted that the dog was going to be euthanized in spite of Blair’s offer to save her life.
This is when things turned ugly. Blair, who by his own admission states that he had a few beers, insisted that he was not going to let them kill the dog. Track manager Tom Taylor called the police, who escorted Blair outside and the track summarily killed the dog.
In an effort to cover-up this shameful, irrevocable act, state officials suspended Blair’s license and shut down his kennels in both Tucson and Phoenix. “The track is trying to divert attention away from the dog killing and make this a case about Blair’s creating a disturbance – an offense for which Blair is more than willing to take appropriate punishment,” said Greyhound Protection League (GPL) President Susan Netboy.
What you can do: Show up at the Tucson Greyhound Park on Sept. 4 to show your support for the kennel owner that tried to save Missy's life. The public hearing is at 5:10 p.m. and digital cameras, tape recorders and video cameras are OK. Show up at 4:45 to protest. Spread the word about the ongoing conditions at Tucson Greyhound Park where Rick Favreau "disappeared" with over 140 dogs that have yet to be accounted for.