Dogs in the gam­bling de­bate

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 8 ar­ti­cle “House com­mit­tee lends gam­bling sup­port­ers an ear.”

If slot ma­chines were added to grey­hound tracks, they would serve as life sup­port prop­ping up the dy­ing grey­hound rac­ing in­dus­try.

Grey­hound rac­ing is cruel and in­hu­mane. The grey­hounds are short-term dis­pos­able in­vest­ments, sub­jected to nearly end­less con­fine­ment in small cages. While rac­ing, grey­hounds suf­fer and die from in­juries such as bro­ken limbs, bro­ken necks, paral­y­sis, seizures and car­diac ar­rest.

Dogs play an im­por­tant role in our lives and de­serve to be pro­tected from in­dus­tries that cause them harm. I have per­son­ally adopted gen­tle, beloved re­tired grey­hounds since 1997, and I am a mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors of GREY2K USA, a na­tional non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that works to end the cru­elty of dog rac­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing adop­tion re­fer­rals, please visit

CaRyn Wood

gil­bert, ariz.

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