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Animal Defenders of Westchester
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Press Release


Kiley Blackman
[email protected]  

Bridgeport, Ct  Saturday, August 9  On Saturday, August 9 Animal Defenders of Westchester will join Puppy Mill Fighters, Peta and other local animal protection groups, for a demonstration outside Shoreline Star Dog Track in Bridgeport to protest the cruel and antiquated 'sport' of dog racing.

Starving, beating and confinement are typical training tools used on 'Man's best friend' in his racing life span.  Dogs are muzzled and kept in cages almost 22 hours a day.  Open wounds are left untreated; veterinary care is almost non-existent as it would cut into profits.  Approx. 20,000 dogs are killed yearly when they no longer make a profit.  On 5/23/02 the NY Times reported on a man who admitted killing thousands of greyhounds for $10 each - "The dogs were not unhealthy, just slow."  The industry hides behind a ludicrous 'adoption program' - which is an outgrowth of a problem THEY CREATED!

According to the New Haven Register, the Golden Hills Tribe is poised to start a casino in Bridgeport, which would doom Shoreline Star.  Residents overwhelmingly want this casino, and the City Council wants to negotiate with the Golden Hills Tribe - what is causing the delay?

Kiley Blackman, organizer of this event, said "It is shocking that such low grade trash still exists in this day and age - these are our DOGS, for God's sake, our faithful companions! Whenever animals are put in betting situations, the animals always lose - always.  

Connecticut needs to give serious thought to getting rid of these dog tracks, which are a blight on the good name of the New England area."

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