Ticks “Crawling up the Wall” in Kennel at Tucson Greyhound Park


With each passing month, more evidence emerges of humane problems at Tucson Greyhound Park.  Last week, GREY2K USA received new state records that document neglectful conditions in one of the track kennels, as well as an ongoing problem with greyhound injuries.

According to a March 6, 2012 Arizona Department of Racing Stewards Report, a state inspection revealed “ticks crawling up the wall” in the Brian Lewis Kennel:

“Brian Lewis kennel had ticks crawling up the wall behind the crates during a State Inspection and TGP Management told State Officials that the kennel would be addressed as far as cleanliness and to this date nothing has been done.”

This is not the first time that poor kennel conditions have been documented at Tucson Greyhound Park. In fact, similar conditions have been documented at the facility over and over again.  Sadly, it’s becoming all too obvious that track management is simply incapable of addressing this chronic problem.

Meanwhile, the same March 6 Stewards Report also documents continued problems with track conditions at Tucson.  The Stewards Report refers to a previous meeting between kennel operators and track General Manager Tom Taylor, and states:

“After nothing was resolved from a meeting with the GM and trainers/owners, some trainers/kennel operators are now holding the State responsible for all the injuries at Tucson Greyhound Park.  As you can see there are 7 scratched greyhounds tonight ‘ALL LAME’”

Later in the report, state officials indicate that one kennel owner contacted them directly to voice her concerns:

“Donna Mann called the Stewards off the roof to talk about the out of control injuries.  She has a list of 17 injuries which she gave to management, the racing office, and left copies in the racing office titled ‘DAN’ and the Director of Racing asked ‘why do you need him it’s our issue’ and to date Dan Reinertson has not received copies.”

Finally, it’s important to note that this Stewards Report also provides evidence that track management is indifferent to humane problems at Tucson Greyhound Park.  Reading through the records, a sad pattern emerges.  The state documents neglectful conditions in a track kennel, management tells the state they will address it, but then nothing happens.  Kennel owners hold a meeting with management about injuries, but “nothing (i)s resolved.”  A kennel owner takes her concerns about injuries directly to state officials, but the track Director of Racing discourages her from reporting the problem.

This indifference by Tucson Greyhound Park management is part of the problem.  It proves that the track is incapable of being a good corporate citizen, and cannot be trusted to resolve even the most basic humane issues at the facility.  That is why it’s time for Arizona lawmakers and voters to step up and help the greyhounds.  If they don’t, no one will.

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ann paveletz
.5 years ago

When will man earn a living ..but not on the backs of helpless animals.. Get a real job. dog racing is great let the dog chase you around the track and have the dog catch you where it hurts..wallet of course. Ann

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

no animals should be raced. they can't even truly understand it or benefit from it, and afterwards they are often neglected or abandoned

Darla G.
Darla G5 years ago

Racing of any animal needs to be banned. Greyhounds are wonderful dogs and they don't deserve to be treated this way.

Linda P.
Linda P5 years ago

Greyhound racing needs to be banned forever. These wonderful dogs do not deserve this torture chamber they have to endure each day. We can see that any profit doesn't go to give these dogs a better life. Stop this now and let these greyhounds go to a forever home to live out their lives the way they were intended.

Diane L.
Diane L5 years ago

Well Tia, fortunately for you, Care.2 allows differences of opinion and you are entitled to yours. I'm horrified that you'd have the hostility and rudeness to post a comment like that. I've had dogs my entire life, and trust me, they've been happy,healthy and treated better than most people treat their children. My dogs are treated with a flea medication that also repells and kills ticks, but ticks are not really an issue where I live, but they are found. Ticks live in thick underbrush, and no, they don't usually infest cinderblock kennels or other shelters where there is no cover. They're parasitic insects, and jump on their "hosts" in ambush. YOU just said it yourself.......you hike deep woods and have had them get on your clothes. if you've brought ticks into your home via your clothes, then YOU introduced them. Yes, they'll crawl out because they haven't found a host in your clothing.

Sorry, I'm hardly "uneducated"........try again.

Tia Simon
Tia Simon5 years ago

Diane, I am horrified that you are a dog owner. The poor animal must be treated so poorly, and neglected. First, ticks crawl up virtually anything, even smooth walls. I know, I live in New England and hike woods every day. Sometimes they get on my clothes, which I put in a corner so the hidden ticks can crawl out and up the wall which I use as a trap to collect and kill them. Second, if state officials, who routinely underplay severe animal neglect and abuse, report horrific conditions, and you defend the track and say they aren't proving neglect and abuse, you are sorely undereducated as to animal welfare issues. Third, the decades and decades of animal abuse and neglect at dog racing facilities is entirely well known, and documented, around the world. How could you not know this? Last, you are obviously an animal racer, gambler, or employee of such a facility to go online and publicly defend this particular track, which has a long-standing record of abuse and neglect. Shame on you - you must think money is more important that one's life and suffering.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton5 years ago

Let them go or give them to people who would give them a good life. You know you suck don't you?

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton5 years ago

Let them go or give them to people who would give them a good life. You know you suck don't you?

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

This is so sad :-(