A week ago, I and my Racing Commission was attacked in two Blog posts. I have no desire to justify sensationalist allegations. Particularly since the “atrocities” and lack of competence, we are accused of were gleaned from our own kennel inspection reports that we voluntarily provided. Labeled as inept, indifferent, heartless demons, representatives of the Birmingham Racing Commission, diligently conduct constant inspections and ensures the proper care and welfare of the magnificent greyhounds is being provided.
The local Commission is truly a blessing for our greys. The immediacy of being on site and hands on allows us to always be involved in all kennel compound activities. Several times in recent years we have stepped up to address problems. We don’t automatically dictate orders. On some occasions it is more prudent that we roll up our sleeves and address issues. The web post mentions a kennel that develop a fast developing flea problem. Within 48 hours every dog was treated, the kennel moved to another building and the situation was cleaned up and eradicated. I personally manned a dip tank. The conditions for our greyhounds are not inadequate. Do I wish they were state of the art , you bet. But we work with the economics of the situation. However, there is no compromise as far as outstanding care.
Our current kennel group is very dedicated and despite challenges does collectively an outstanding job. It amazes me reading comments from people that this irresponsible, prevaricating, fund raising organization attempts to manipulate, of their total ignorance bad misunderstanding of the relationship dynamic between greyhounds and trainers/kennel staff. I can speak from experience. Going to a kennel four times a day, seven days a week, you immediately develop an incredible bond and devoted love for your dogs. The belief that trainers are cruel, heartless, detached derelicts who treat their greyhounds abusively is the epitome of mistruth. I wish people would visit a racing kennel and see the actual atmosphere. When ii was a trainer I loved my digs like children
Birmingham is serving a vital role as a last racing stop for greyhounds being sent down the line. The track adoption program is a huge operation and every retiree is placed. Frequently, Director Meloney Cleveland and her staff, loa duo their luxury Greyhound Express RV and travel all the way to New England, Muchigan, even Canada. The collective efforts of everyone involved in Birmingham for the welfare of greyhounds exceeds in a single day
the efforts of these armchair critics in all of their years of tyranny.
I hope people who are really concerned with these magnificent animals, will learn the facts for themselves.