Friday, July 14, 2017

Coke Again? Casual Contact, He Says


I posted about a large number of greyhounds testing positive for cocaine at Orange Park not long ago.

Lo and behold, 5 more dogs tested positive for a metabolized form of coke.  And you guessed it.  At ORANGE PARK (no webpage I could find)

“Both Flicka and Dennis Leary are owned by Steve Sarras, who also owns the other greyhounds that McClellan trained that tested positive.

Sarras defends his trainers and dogs, saying the positive tests were for "trace amounts" of metabolites that can come from "environmental contaminants or from casual contact."”

Fairy tales are cute and joyful and comforting as a small child.  And that is best the owner comes up with?

Ø  Fairy Tale #1 - My RESCUED greyhounds are exposed to the elements every time they go outside.  To date, and their bloodwork is done to monitor for real-life issues, they have never tested positive for COKE.

Ø  Fairy Tale #2 – A banned substance such as metabolized coke cannot reach a blood stream through “casual contact” unless they can actually define “casual contact’

Perhaps Mr. Sarras could define this convenient term.  Is casual contact brushing past them?  Does it come from shoving them into a small, dark starting gate?  Maybe slapping down a bowl full of questionable food for them with a banned substance on their hands?  Maybe checking their teeth (a joke in self since rescues’ teeth are so rotted) with coke on their hands?  Mr. Sarras’s response, while industry approved, is lacking substance.

Industry, if your trainers are independent, then drug test them, for Christ’s sake!  If your dogs mean so much to you, that is…

Maybe, Mr. Sarras, you handing over a dog to a questionable trainer, with a 'here is a bitch or a stud, make it win however', is the problem. Free reign, right?

You cannot use that excuse 23 times!

It does not take a vast education to take proactive measures, nor does it take one to see this is wrong.

I guess the net sum of my rant is the industry is under pressure.  Screws are tightening, as is the noose on dog racing.  It’s becoming more and more unappealing to most and only the diehard tossers, breeders and owners fight its removal.  And you  become desperate.  And desperate is very dangerous and deadly for dogs.

They fight a losing battle.  Butts are not in the seats at the track in Florida.  The industry is dying.  As it should.  Those who fight and cling to the “old way”?  It was never right to begin with.  Now retire with dignity or go out like the travesty the industry is.

Stop putting these dogs in dangerous hands and risking their lives.  The industry is rancid from the inside out.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Coke ~ Blow ~ Snow

Coke.  A refreshing drink as a kid.  

Known as pop, or soda in parts of the US, it is a carbonated, sweetened drink.  Not something I like now but, it is a drink.

Coke.  Name cocaine, a.k.a  blow, flake, freebase, crack.  An illicit drug found in addicts, abusers.  Cocaine (C17H21NO4) is a powerfully addictive, psychoactive, stimulant drug. “

So much now in the news about Orange Park in Florida.  12 dogs tested positive for coke.  Cocaine.  Blow.

So…  in some illiterates’ minds, the dog has to run faster?  As if live baiting weren’t bad enough, drug them with an illicit drug?

“Cocaine’s effect is described as euphoric with increased energy, reduced fatigue, and heightened mental altertness. Users may be talkative, extraverted, and have a loss of appetite or need for sleep. Cocaine’s psychoactive, pleasurable effects are short-lived without continued administration.

Cocaine is metabolized primarily in the liver, with less than one percent of the parent drug being excreted in the urine. The primary metabolite is benzoylecgonine and is detectable in the urine for up to eight days after cocaine consumption.”

How bad is this abuse of drugs?  It hits the newswires.  If the industry and if they had 100 eyes, this would be the one hundredth black one. 

It's at least the second instance this year of racing greyhounds testing positive for cocaine.”  “The documents are dated June 9 and say that trainer Charles McClellan "is a threat to animals in his control, custody and care."”

“One of the dogs in the latest case tested positive six times, including during a race where it finished first. The records showed the dog had cocaine in its system for two of its best races, Theil said.”

The industry is lax in punishment.  Maybe because there is always a buck for them in the whole situation?  Gad, can’t risk future winners and our subsidies? 

“The man responsible, championship “dogman” Malcolm McCallister, lost his racing license.  He didn’t even pay a fine and no criminal charges were ever brought.” 

Do you want to know what some of you turn into rescue face?  Osteo, liver damage, broken limbs.  Ah, that doesn’t matter to the industry, right?  One less.  It wasn’t a winner anyway…

Tell me, if your human child one was one of the entitled dramas, who played video games all day, would you give it coke?  No, don't answer...

The industry needs to wake the hell up.  NOW!   You are NOT caring for your dogs and for all that is holy, you do NOT love your dogs. You use them for money and the hell with the dog that does not perform, coke, amphetamines whatever.

And to the deniers out there, it's on record now.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Litany Continues - Define Love

I am, admittedly, anti-racing.  I am not quiet about it and won’t be quiet.

Please can you explain this “love” felt for these dogs?

Sanford Orlando Kennel Club.  Ah, the home of another dog’s demise?  (we love our dogs)  The reviews on this FB page..  Great fun!  The emphasis is on the dogs…  It seems like the wrong emphasis…  I have to wonder if the ones who feed them this would eat it?  Nah, they’re just dogs…

Recently a dog, being hauled from Florida to Iowa, same route my girl took, escaped.  Proud.  His shared post  of 20 Grand if the dog is found and returned in original condition, like a piece of antique furniture on Ebay??

Forgive me if I don’t hope he is returned “in the original condition” as the creature requested in his reward.  Meaning, “I have money on him, intact, to race and stud for me”?  Better he finds a rescue.

Thinking back on how many escape haulers (we love our dogs) I wonder how carefully they treat these dogs who are nothing but money-makers to them.

Remember Freeway?  Fell out of the back of a hauler, thousands of dollars to repair him and nary a penny from the industry.  (we love our dogs).

How much are these gentle beings going to be subjected to until this industry is banned?  Every race they are risked. 

They are, apparently, fed poison (right Sandford Orland?).

They are shipped to other countries, China, Pakistan.  Not for the benefit of the dog but to eke one last buck off them until they are sent to die.  

Again, what is the definition of love.  Is it they are loved while they make money?  Loved when that last big paycheck for a dog put on export?  To a country with less welfare than yours?  Love when they are fed bad meat or starved (Ronnie Williams)?

The pro-racing meaning of love is far different than mine.  I feel bad for children if they have them…