Five years after voters spoke out about dog racing in South
Tucson, the state has sent the city a letter to say that it and its voters
overstepped their authority.
Part of the letter said:
"(Arizona Department of Racing) believes that this law interferes
with its power and authority to regulate the industry and the property on which
the races are conducted..."
in 2008 South Tucson voters approved the Tucson Dog Initiative, which is an
ordinance that prohibits injecting greyhounds with anabolic steroids. Dog
advocates have said the drugs harm the dogs while racing advocates have said
that the drugs keep the dogs out of heat and prevents fights in the kennels.
passed a similar ordinance when council members believed that the dogs were
being taken there to do the injections and get around the law.
the state does not outlaw the use of the drugs. Right now only South
Tucson is getting the notice, and the South Tucson council will discuss it at
their meeting Wednesday.
"I'm sure that the council will respect the vote of the
electorate. However, there may be some other discussion as to what the
city might want to do regarding clarifying its position as to whether or not
that particular law is enforceable by the city of South Tucson or not," said
South Tucson city manager Luis Gonzales.
The city attorney will likely present some options with action at
a later meeting. Tucson Greyhound Park general manager Tony Fasulo said
that the track is still following the ordinance until they have direction
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