Tom Taylor, the CEO at Tucson Greyhound Park says the park will no longer accept any female greyhounds and already has stopped administering anabolic steroids to the 300 to 400 female dogs at the park.
The park has been under scrutiny recently regarding the use of anabolic steroids in female greyhounds. The Park is in the City of South Tucson where anabolic steroids have been banned since 2008. However, Taylor has admitted to taking the dogs into Tucson City limits to have the steroids administered.
Taylor maintains the anabolic steroids are used in the females as a form of birth control and are given in proper doses by a veterinarian. Now, he says "it's not worth the hassle to jump through all the hoops."
Last week, the Tucson City Council voted to ban anabolic steroids in Tucson, and now Ward 6 council member Steve Kozachik is trying to get Pima County Supervisors on board with the ban, too.
Taylor says he will not accept any more females at the park. The male and female greyhounds interact at the park and Taylor says the females will continue to race and if they go into heat they will be isolated and off the track for a month.
"The problem is they [the track] may not get enough dogs to come in if we only accept males. It may not happen, but it is a concern," Taylor said.
The Greyhound Protection League has offered to help pay for the transportation of the female greyhounds and assist with adoptions.
"We want to make sure that every TGP kennel operator and greyhound owner knows that our offer is on the table," said Greyhound Protection League President, Susan Netboy in a press release provided to Tucson News Now. "This is a chance for these dogs to experience life as a beloved pet; that's the life they deserve."
Taylor says it will take a year and a half for the track to become an all-male track.
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