Friday, November 27, 2009

Dog Track in Wisconsin Closing

Beating around the bush and always trying to find a way to manipulate the bad and make it seem great!

Kerri, one of Doglando's clients, from now on I will call her Doglando's ParaDogLegal or Doglegal, drew my attention to this.

Dairyland Greyhound Park, Wisconsin's greyhound track has opened an adoption center for their retired greyhounds, in an attempt to show "Social Responsibility" I assume.... go figure.

While at Dairyland Greyhound Park, stop by our greyhound adoption office, located in the grandstand. You'll get to meet and be greeted by one of our adoptable greyhound friends, and can see for yourself their delightful, friendly nature. Grandstand hours on Sunday and Wednesday matinee performances are 12:20 pm to 3:30 pm. On Saturdays they are open from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and evening performance hours are 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm. Our Adoption Center is open seven days a week, please call for an appointment. The Adoption Center is located just east of the park on 104th Avenue.

They say "Our greyhound adoption program has a simple goal: To place good dogs with good people. Families interested in adopting a greyhound must fill out a screening questionnaire and participate in a personal interview with our Greyhound Adoption Coordinator. Greyhounds placed as pets will be spayed or neutered, brought up to date on all appropriate shots and vaccinations, and will undergo a thorough health examination by a licensed veterinarian."

The adopting family must pay a $175 fee to help cover these costs.

Teena's Growl: Here we go... this is just absolutely crazy! So instead of prohibiting grey hound racing and making this sport an illegal act across the nation, in an attempt to compensate for their irresponsible actions I guess this would be a perfectly acceptable course of action to assume responsibility for the pitfalls and lives of retired greyhounds after the race is over.

Furthermore, for them to be allowed to charge an adoption fee of $175 makes no sense at all. Here is an organization that abuses, neglects, and mistreats a life as a sport and business. What a way to continue this viscous cycle.

Here is an article I came across:

The Dairyland Greyhound racetrack near Kenosha is on its last legs. All signs point to the dog track tucking its tail by year's end.
That’s giving dog advocates fits, because, if the track indeed closes, all those dogs will need homes.
"They're fighting a losing battle," Linda Cliff of Central Illinois Greyhound Adoption, which works to place Dairyland greyhounds in homes around the country, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I'm already getting calls from Dairyland dog owners. I haven't talked to anybody who said the track will stay open."
All told there are nearly 900 dogs that will need homes after the track closes and adoption workers believe they can only place between 300 and 600 in homes and at other tracks around the country.

"It will be a massive undertaking," Cliff said. "There are fewer and fewer tracks left in the country, and we'll be in big trouble."
The Dairyland track opened in 1990 to much fanfare. But it has been steadily losing money since. Last year it lost $3.4 million dollars; the year before $2.82; before that, $2.84 and so on.
Cliff has some ideas.
She believes the track could find a way to stay afloat with simulcasts of races from other tracks. That could provide enough revenue to feed the puppies until homes can be found.
Cliff’s group has managed to place 475 Dairyland greyhounds so far this year.

Back to Teena's Growl: So clearly the adoption fees may just be a strategy to keep the track and racing alive, not necessarily the dogs. You and I both, our sucker of a heart, still wants to do the best for the dog, and once again we are torn between the decision to adopt one or two or more of Dairyland's Greyhounds, or let them suffer.

I started exploring the web for more information on Wisconsin's Race Tracks... this is just disturbing:

4 racing greyhounds bleed to death - Dairyland, Wisconsin, Posted on October 21st, 2009 by NoMoreRacing
What could’ve caused 4 racing greyhounds to bleed to death at the same dog racing track - Dairyland in Wisconsin? Two other dogs died also.

"According to the article, investigators are looking into the raw 4D meat that racing greyhounds are fed. You know meat that comes from dead, diseased, dying, and downer or disabled animals…roadkill and more. And did I say RAW?

At least with regular dog food, this crap gets cooked

Race dogs dying…always a bad idea. How can the pro-racing factor (which even includes some adoption groups but that’s another blog post) rationalize racing greyhounds bleeding to death like they do with every other horror story? They can’t. They might try. But they can’t."

The Final of Teena's Growl: GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

1 comment:

Kerri said...

Also, connected to this story, there was a spam posting circulating on popular social networking sites that stated if the dogs were not adopted by mid December they would all be euthanized.

That statement false, fortunately, Wisconsin state law mandates that racing tracks must find the dogs homes, return them to their original owner or give them to another track. Unfortunately, that law doesn't really discourage the dog racing industry.

GRRRRRR indeed.