Racetrack CEO fired: What's next for Tucson Greyhound Park?
9OYS cameras first busted Tucson Greyhound Park last year. Now a management shake up has some hoping it will shut down. But others say there's still plenty of bite left.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tom Taylor has never been camera shy. He's been outspoken after 9OYS cameras captured video of vets injecting dogs with steroids in Tucson. It was his way of dodging South Tucson's law.
He admitted to skirting around the steroid injection ban when he appeared before Tucson's City Council in September of last year. He also recognized there were plenty of other places where he could take the dogs to be injected.
But now Taylor's been axed, fired after 12 years of service as general manager at the racetrack. Tuesday night, much like the greyhounds, Taylor's been muzzled.
The former top dog at Greyhound Park refused to answer 9OYS's questions. His attorney advised him to stop talking to media about what happened at the park and the circumstances that led to his dismissal. But his critics doing plenty of talking for him.
"I hope it's a sign that the ownership of the track is getting ready to shut down," said councilman Steve Kozachik, a longtime critic of the live greyhound racing industry.
Taylor led the track through several controversies 9OYS helped expose: the injections, rising dog injuries and poor track conditions. Greyhound advocates call Taylor dishonest.
"I don't have respect for anyone who feels they're above the law," said Susan Via, a former prosecutor and Greyhound advocate.
She like many Greyhound advocates happy to see Taylor go, but skeptical any real change will come of it.
"There will be no change, the dogs lives will not improve," said Via. "Mr. Fasulo is now the manager."
In other words, critics say it's the same circus, different ringleader.
Fasulo has replaced Taylor as general manager of the racetrack. Greyhound advocates tell us he has a problematic past with the track. 9OYS reached out to Fasulo today to ask him about that and the future of Tucson Greyhound Park. Our calls were not returned.