Monday, May 09, 2005
UPDATE: GREYHOUNDS IN NEED. As we first learned from dougpetch.com, the governor of Connecticut has made a public statement about the Plainfield situation. You can read the news story here. The gist is this:
Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Tuesday called on the prospective new owner of the Plainfield Greyhound Track to protect the dogs as the operation prepares to close... "I need your assurances that every effort will be made to relocate these beautiful animals to either another adequate racing venue or to ensure that new loving homes are found for them," Rell said in her letter.
New England Raceway developer Gene Arganese of Trumbull, who obtained an option to purchase the dog track last year, has said he halted greyhound racing to begin construction of a new facility. He plans to apply for a transfer of the park's dog track license next year.
On Tuesday, he said he would release his plans for the dogs in a few days and would not comment on Rell's letter.
However, the track's executive vice president said Tuesday that the track will be using available resources to ensure the greyhounds' safety. Karen Keelan said the dogs will be sent to other racetracks, be returned to their farms or owners for breeding or placement in an adoption program or be placed in homes as pets.
This does not mean the dogs are safe. It does mean that people are watching; we will continue to keep an eye on the Plainfield Greyhound Track as the story develops. And please consider whether you or anyone you know can provide a foster or adoptive home to any of these dogs. The need for helping hands remains.