A dog at Tucson Greyhound Park in Arizona was electrocuted and died on March 7, in front of an audience, after being "bumped" into an electrified fence by another dog. The two greyhounds collided because they were chasing a lure, which was being pulled along the park's racetrack by a wire run through the very fence that caused the night's tragic spectacle. Unsurprisingly, the electrocution was caught on camera; fatefully, it caught the attention of Tucson city council member Steve Kozachik, who publicly condemned the incident and the racepark.
But the incident doesn't just shine a light on Arizona -- it spotlights an industry that, in most of the seven states where it remains legal, manages to avoid close scrutiny or heavy regulation.
Kozachik told reporters that a similar incident happened one month earlier at the same track, but that electrocution wasn't caught on tape. According to Christine Dorchak, president and general counsel for the greyhound advocacy group GREY2K USA, the unfortunate outcomes many dogs meet at Arizona racetracks often aren't reported in detail to the public -- because they don't have to be.