SOUTH TUCSON SAYS LET’S VOTE FOR THE DOGS
The city clerk of the City of South Tucson, Dolores Robles, announced today that the Tucson Dog Protection Act was signed by a sufficient number of South Tucson voters and will be on the November ballot. Tucson Dog Protection treasurer, Dr. Janet Forrer said, “Dogs deserve better. Even racing dogs deserve to be treated humanely. This is a great day!”
The Tucson Dog Protection Act contains three provisions:
1) No person shall knowingly feed a dog uncooked or raw meat from diseased, dying, or disabled animals or animals dead upon arrival at slaughterhouses.
2) No person shall give or administer anabolic steroids as defined in the United States Code and relevant sections of the code of federal regulations to any dog to artificially enhance performance or suppress estrus.
3) No person shall confine a dog to a crate or cage smaller than 35 inches high by 45 inches long by 35 inches wide for more than a total of 18 hours in any 24 hour period unless such confinement is deemed medically necessary by a veterinarian licensed by the state of Arizona.
“Much of the media has yet to cover this campaign, thinking it too shocking, perhaps wondering if what we say could be true,” said campaign chair Susan Via. “Instead of denying these charges, the track has defended the feeding of uncooked, diseased meat, the administration of steroids for years on end, and the confinement of greyhounds for 22 to 23 hours a day. We will not allow these practices to stand.”
Signatures for this measure were gathered by volunteers going door to door in April and May. Tucson Dog Protection is a homegrown effort without monetary or other assistance from out of state groups.
Endorsements include the Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona, the Pima County Democratic Party, co-chair of the Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern Arizona Mike Duffey, and former racing commissioner Sylvia Arena. The Tucson veterinary community has been especially helpful, with 99 local veterinarians and 17 certified veterinary technicians having endorsed the Tucson Dog Protection Act.