The Cape Cod Times published a lengthy report on the response of track owners and trainers at Raynham Park stadium, to the outcome of last weeks referendum on banning greyhound racing in Massachusetts.

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The report reads: “It’s been very somber here,” said Gary Temple, general manager of the track that’s been in operation for almost 80 years. “

How do you tell people that you did nothing wrong but you don’t have a job anymore?” he asked. “People misunderstood an issue and you’re unemployed.” He’s trying to explain that to his 653 full- and part-time employees, many of whom have worked there for decades.”

The main opposition to the campaign was the fact that around 1,000 employees would lose their jobs and the state would potenitally lose $millions in revenue. The report continues:

“The governor has promised retraining programs for displaced workers, but many are close to or past retirement age. Track officials and supporters are bitter about the campaign waged against them on the referendum.

The passage of Question 3 was championed by the Committee to Protect Dogs, alleging that greyhound racing was inherently “cruel and inhumane,” pointing to injury rates and boarding practices. About 56 percent of the state’s voters approved the measure.

But in Raynham and nearby communities, “the places where people knew the operation and knew what the economic conditions were and could feel the consequences, the measure was defeated overwhelmingly,” Pacheco said.

Track officials said the allegations of animal abuse simply aren’t true.

“I’ve been here 17 years and never under my watch has there been any abuse of dogs,” said Temple, the track manager, once an aide to former state Sen. William Q. “Biff” MacLean, D-Fairhaven. “We’ve been here 40 years and the MSPCA has never had a documented case of abuse.

“The average cost of a dog is $5,000 and we’ve got some here that cost $10,000 or $15,000,” he said. “With that kind of an investment in a dog, do you think the owners are going to let them sit in a crate 20 hours a day? They need to be exercised.

“We have a 100 percent adoption rate. We keep a dog here until it is adopted out,” he said.”

Raynham Park and the states only other track Wonderland in Revere, will have to close down by Jan 2010.

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