Tucson bans steroid shots for racing greyhounds

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The city of Tucson has joined South Tucson in banning the use of steroids in racing dogs.

The Tucson Greyhound Park has gotten around South Tucson's 2008 ban by having the racing dogs driven into nearby Tucson. The track veterinarian then would inject the steroids into the animals.

Track CEO Tom Taylor tells the Arizona Daily Star that injecting steroids into female greyhounds is safe and an accepted form of birth control in the racing world.

But opponents of the practice told the Tucson City Council on Tuesday night that injecting female dogs with male testosterone can lead to liver damage, severe genital deformities and an early death.

The Council then voted unanimously to ban the practice.

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