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Mar 9, 2014 12:12 AM by Nathan O'Neal

Dog electrocuted, dies during race at Tucson Greyhound Track

TUCSON - A dog was killed through electrocution during a race at the Tucson Greyhound Park Friday night, adding more fuel to critics who want to shut down the track.

A simulcast video online shows the animal in a green jersey forced into the inside rail where the lure runs. Dogs typically chase after the lure but the dog was electrocuted upon contact. The video has since been taken down from the website.

Tucson Councilman Steve Kozachik is a long-time opponent of the track. He claims this is the second time this has happened within the past month.

"The track ought to be shut down. Bill Walsh from the Department of Racing ought to get up from behind his desk, get down here and shut this place down. They use these animals as commodities to be bought, sold, traded and run into the ground -- last night a dog was killed," Kozachik told News 4 Tucson.

However, Dale Popp, the general manager of the Tucson Greyhound Park, said this sort of thing hasn't happened in the last 18 years or so. He insists that no one at the park did anything wrong.

"It was just a freak accident," Popp told News 4 Tucson.

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