|Greyhound Protection League
LETTER TO MOBILE COUNTY RACING COMMISSION
Oct 23, 2003 - Greyhound Protection League
Mr. Ed Menton
Dear Mr. Menton:
The Greyhound Protection League is requesting a formal investigation into the recent greyhound fatality that occurred at the Mobile Greyhound Park.
Based on an eyewitness report, a greyhound was involved in a collision that caused an injury to the leg of Gallant Dixie on Friday evening, September 26th. The dog was dazed and limped toward the mechanical lure, where she was then electrocuted. Once the electrical current was reportedly shut down, the lure continued to cycle until it slammed into Dixie, cutting off her leg. She died a short time later, although the cause of death at this point is unknown.
We have found that the majority of dog tracks utilize an outdated lure mechanism that provides very few safety features. We have also found that the following controls are generally absent from these tracks:
* A fixed mechanical arm with a fully retractable arm at any location on the rail. It is our understanding that this technology is in use elsewhere.
It is our concern that the Mobile Dog Track, which in dogmen's terms in considered a low-end track, does not have any of these safety features.
As a result of this fatality, we are asking for a formal investigation into the death of Gallant Dixie that includes, but is not limited to a review of:
We also recommend confidential interviews with track personnel such as lead out men to determine the frequency in which lure accidents occur. These interviews are being requested based on insider information and statements made by ex-employees that the lure is the cause of many injuries. Such interviews should be conducted without the fear of retribution, and every opportunity should be given to ensure a secure interview and protection of identity.
It is the primary obligation of racetracks to provide safe racing conditions for racing dogs and to ensure a fair race for the betting public.
By way of this letter, we are asking for a copy of the injury and euthanasia log for the Mobile Dog Track for the 2003 calendar year to date.
We would be happy to provide you with the information used in our investigation into this tragic occurrence. We look forward to your response in this matter.