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Support Greyhounds: Protest Shoreline Star Dog Track

(from the Fairfield County Weekly):

by Mike Sembos - August 7, 2003


The Shoreline Star Dog Track in Bridgeport doesn't get much attention these days, but a few animal rights groups would like to see that change. The Animal Defenders of Westchester , PeTA and Friends of Animals (who don't always see eye to eye with PeTA) will be uniting at the track this Saturday, Aug. 9 to eliminate the abusive yet profitable races from Connecticut, one of only 15 states in which it's still legal. As a much-needed source revenue, it's doubtful that those in power are going to do anything about the problem without sufficient public outcry.

According to PeTA's well- referenced fact sheet, thousands of greyhounds are killed each year, many as puppies in the name of "selective breeding."

Dogs that qualify to become racers are typically kept in cages, muzzled by their trainers at all times and exposed to extreme temperatures which the dogs' sensitive bodies are not capable of tolerating.

Some die in transport (up to 60 in a single truck) from one racetrack to another. Countless others are slaughtered in a gruesome array of avoidable situations. The following PeTA examples are not uncommon in the world of greyhound racing:

February 2000: A Florida greyhound became entangled in and cut up by a mechanical lure during a race. Spectators were horrified by the dying dog's screams. The dog had to be euthanized.

April 1998: Forty-five greyhound bodies were found dumped at a utility substation in Missouri. Some dogs' ears had been cut off to eliminate tatoos that identify racers.

September 1997: Of 35 malnourished greyhounds confiscated from a breeding farm in West Virginia, 17 were too ill to save. The dogs were being fed roadkill by their owner.

September 1996: in Texas, 60 greyhounds from a Florida Racetrack were found abandoned along a roadside, many unable to walk. Others lay dead nearby.

i>The Shoreline Star Dog Track is located at 255 Kossuth St. in Bridgeport. The Animal Defenders of Westchester will join with Friends of Animals and PeTA at the track to protest on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit ,  or email [email protected]  for more information

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