Daytona Beach Kennel Club found using termite pesticide on racing dogs
The Daytona Beach News-Journal out of Florida reports the staff members at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room had been using a termite pesticide on racing greyhounds. Now that the news has gone public, officials there have halted this dangerous practice.
And they didn’t stop until an investigation was launched by the state Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The News-Journal story notes a former employee of the club’s Greyhound Pets of America chapter filed a complaint after club officials ignored his concerns.
The whistle-blower explains the Termidor bottles include a warning that it is not for use on animals, yet the club official quoted in the story admits it was used for years, as a cheaper alternative to Frontline. He is quoted as saying – “It’s an industry standard.”
The local chapter Greyhounds Pets of America is described as being “bankrolled” by the Kennel Club.
And finally, the article ends with this – “” Flea and tick repellent is typically applied to dogs during the warmer months, and not in the fall and winter, Francati said. “”
Of course, this is not accurate – especially for Florida. It is important to continue to apply flea and tick repellant at least until the cold weather really sets in. And I would guess in Florida, veterinarians are probably suggesting year-round application.
So here we have more evidence that the greyhound racing industry is clueless where the health and welfare of dogs is concerned. I am stunned but not surprised.