It’s never a good day for dogs suffering in greyhound racing and sled dog racing. But at least the public and the media are now focusing on their struggles.
The story of a dog that died in the 2013 IdiocyRod Sled Dog Race (Iditarod) is extremely troubling. Dorado was killed after being buried in drifting snow at a race drop-off point. He was taken off the sled team after reportedly moving “stiffly.”
He was dropped on Monday, March 11 and was not found until Friday. The article on the Harold-Standard website reports the claim that Dorado and other dogs at the drop off point were checked on at 3 a.m. that Friday and he was found dead as many as five hours later.
The question is – Why are the dogs left unattended at a drop off point on the race course for so many days? It seems some insiders are calling for changes. The article notes the requests include –
…. boosting the number of helpers at checkpoints to check on dogs more often, providing adequate shelter and increasing the number of flights to get the dogs out more quickly.
It’s 2013 and after decades of holding this race, they haven’t figured this out yet? They haven’t been checking on the dogs often enough and have not provided adequate shelter and delay going back to get the dogs.
The article includes the claim that the weather delayed the race officials from getting back to 135 dogs that had been dropped off at this site. Dorado and some of the others were left outside in this same bad weather.
Iditarod supporters – like dog racing supporters – are forever claiming the dogs have extremely good care. The facts don’t support these claims at all.
The ASPCA and GREY2K USA have teamed to bring to light the horrors of greyhound racing in Texas. A startling 1,507 greyhounds were injured at Texas racetracks between January 2008 and December 2011 – and 56 dogs died from those injuries.
From living in stacked cages to the injuries and deaths to being fed 4-D meat, the report is enough to make everyone understand that a ban on dog racing should be in place today.
The Galveston County Daily News ran a story about the dark side of dog racing, but a subscription is required to read it.
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