Pack News Wire: Greyhound racing

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Two cases of greyhounds dying at dog-racing facilities have animal-welfare advocates rightfully up in arms.

Karyn Zoldan, who always does such a great job in helping animals through her Tucson Tails blog, went after the news of a greyhound’s death in December at Tucson Greyhound Park in Arizona. Of course, the folks there are being very closed-mouth about the tragedy.

Zoldan has attempted to gather information from Bill Walsh the director of the Arizona Department of racing. But he seems to have his broom and rug out, as we might expect. It’s time for the Tucson track to go away. Bulldoze it down and plant some trees.

Carey Theil reported Jan. 31 on his Saving Greys blog about the death of another racing greyhound in Iowa. A trainer there was suspended and fined (a slight slap on the wrist) for neglecting a dog under her care. And Theil reports the trainer admitted during the investigation that she had failed to report the death of another dog.

There is better news out of Iowa, where officials at the Council Bluffs track want to drop greyhound racing. The World-Herald News Service reports the 15 races per day there plays to empty seats. But the Iowa legislature will have to grow a backbone and drop the state’s mandate on dog racing.

Yes, if you have not heard about this, states like Florida and Iowa actually mandate that cruelty exists within their boarders. And even if the tracks want to drop dog racing (cruelty), some politicians won’t let the cruelty end.

In Florida, which contains the most tracks of horror by far, GREY2K USA is once again asking for the mandate to be lifted there.