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Race dog accidentally electrocuted at Tucson Greyhound Park

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A greyhound dog died during a race at the Greyhound Park in South Tucson Friday night.

Simulcast video of Race 14 showed the green jersey-clothed dog get sidetracked by another greyhound and slipped through the rail, which electrocuted it. 

"The rail is electrified because the lure runs on electricity. As soon as that dog hit the rail, it was fried. It was dead," said Tucson city council member Steve Kozachik, who heard about the dog's death from those who were at Friday's race.

Tucson Greyhound Park's general manager, Dale Popp, said it was an unfortunate accident and declined to comment further.

Kozachik has been a vocal opponent of the 70-year-old greyhound race track, claiming that it operates unethically.

"It's a completely horrendous sport. They kill animals. They injure animals. They treat these animals like commodities that are bought, sold and traded," Kozachik said.

Kozachik said the race track has been able to stay in operation because it is largely funded by simulcast betting, much of which is not done in Tucson but out-of-state, according to Kozachik.

Kozachik added that the Arizona Department of Racing could keep better oversight over the park.

"But the department of racing is funded by the racing industry and so what we have here is a regulatory agency who gets the funding from the same entities that they're supposed to be regulating. There's a gross conflict of interest there," Kozachik said.

The dog's owner, who is based in Texas, said over the phone that he was unaware of the dog's death and declined further comment.

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