Pima County bans steroid use in racing dogs, joining Tucson, S. Tucson

2013-01-09T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T11:19:12Z Pima County bans steroid use in racing dogs, joining Tucson, S. TucsonBecky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Pima County banned the use of anabolic steroids in racing dogs Tuesday, widening the area where the practice is illegal.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to enact a ban similar to ones put in place in Tucson in September and in South Tucson in 2008.

Supervisor Richard Elías said the county's ban closes a loophole that allowed some race-dog owners to leave the city limits and legally inject dogs in unincorporated areas.

An owner who gives a dog steroids to prevent her from going into heat so she can continue to race could face a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge.

The Pima County Board of Health approved the ban in November, although some members questioned how the county can enforce it.

The county can respond to complaints and test dogs if necessary, Pima Animal Care Center manager Kim Janes told the health board.

Tucson Greyhound Park CEO Tom Taylor has said the park stopped injecting dogs and stopped accepting female racing dogs after Tucson's ban.


In other action, the board voted 3-2 to approve a four-year contract extension and pay raise for County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. His new annual salary is $265,000, a $35,000-a-year increase.

Republican Supervisors Ray Carroll and Ally Miller voted against the contract.

Miller, sworn in Tuesday, voted "no" to keep her promise to voters about demanding more transparency and accountability from Huckelberry, she said.

Carroll commended Huckelberry for "an admirable job" running the county in hard economic times, but he said even more government efficiencies and spending cuts are needed.

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at bpallack@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. On Twitter @BeckyPallack

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