The recent removal of dozens of emaciated, flea-infested greyhounds from John Rippetoe's kennel in Pima County is, unfortunately, only one of many cases of cruelty and neglect within the greyhound-racing industry. Greyhounds forced to race spend their lives--22 hours a day--in tiny, often parasite-infested cages. Many develop crate and muzzle sores, and numerous dogs have died from heat stroke in sweltering kennels and boxcars. Over the last 20 years, hundreds of cases of abuse have been documented, and tens of thousands of greyhounds have been killed simply for being slow runners.
Dog racing is already illegal in 34 states and tracks continue to close across the country. How many more of these gentle dogs must suffer and die before this greed-driven industry is permanently banned in the U.S.?
Concerned readers can help stop this senseless suffering. Please contact your legislators and ask them to put an end to this abuse in Arizona.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals