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Arizona Department of Racing investigating Tucson greyhound death

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The state agency that regulates the Tucson Greyhound Park is investigating the death of a greyhound that was electrocuted during a race on Friday.

Greg Stiles, public information officer for the Arizona Department of Racing, said he is reviewing injury reports from the Tucson Greyhound Park and expects to provide more information when the investigation is complete.

Stiles said of the thousands of races that are held across the country, very few of this type of incident happens, and said broken bones and other injuries happen in less than 1 percent of races.

"We'll investigate this but at this point and time we're looking at the injury report and they're consistent with national averages. Again we need to look at the facts and I've seen the video and we'll go from there," Stiles said.

Simulcast video of Friday night's Race 14 was posted on Greyhound Park's website on Saturday but has since been taken down.

The video shows a dog wearing a green jersey get sidetracked and slipped through the track rail, where it was electrocuted.

Stiles said it is typical for a greyhound race track lure to run on electricity and that it is not the track rail that can cause electrocution, but the equipment beyond the rail.

The department could not yet say what action it will take because the investigation is ongoing. Stiles said he is also investigating reports of a second greyhound death at the park.

The Pima Animal Care Center said the case is not under its jurisdiction and will not investigate the case until they hear more from the Department of Racing.

A call to the City of South Tucson's city manager's office was not yet returned on Monday.

The Tucson Greyhound Park has been operating in South Tucson since 1944, according to the park's website.

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