“Snake” Suffered Broken Leg at Raynham Park Before Being Adopted
Taunton, MA – The Committee to Protect Dogs (ProDog) announced today that Snake, a six-year-old greyhound who lives in Taunton, will serve as the official Yes on 3 spokesdog.
“Snake overcame a severely broken leg at Raynham Park and now lives with a loving family in Taunton,” said ProDog co-chairperson Christine Dorchak. “He helped his adoptive family collect hundreds of signatures for Question 3. Their commitment and hard work demonstrates the true grassroots nature of the Yes on 3 campaign.”
The Greyhound Protection Act Spokesdog Search kicked-off July 1, and public voting at www.ProtectDogs.org remained open until yesterday. In total, nearly 1,000 votes were cast for three finalists. In additional to Snake, finalists Gordon and Dawn each received hundreds of votes. As the official campaign spokesdog, Snake’s likeness will appear on campaign materials and he will appear at special events to be announced.
“Dogs play an important role in our lives and in our families, and they deserve to be protected,” said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “We are confident that once voters see the face of greyhound racing, they will vote Yes on 3 to protect man’s best friend from cruelty and abuse.”
The Committee to Protect Dogs is a state ballot question committee dedicated to passing stronger dog protection laws in the Commonwealth. Committee co-chairs include representatives of the MSPCA-Angell (www.mspca.org), The Humane Society of the United States (www.humanesociety.org) and greyhound protection group GREY2K USA (www.grey2kusa.org). For more information, call Christine Dorchak at 617-666-3526 or visit www.ProtectDogs.org.
Snake lives in Taunton with Anne Albanese, Anne's three-year-old granddaughter Alana and another adopted greyhound. He is six years old. When he was three he suffered a severe fracture while racing at Raynham Park. Treated with just a "soft wrap" at the track, the break healed badly and he still occasionally limps. Snake was initially timid and fearful of everyday objects, but has since adjusted to his new life.
Together, Snake and Anne collected hundreds of signatures for the Greyhound Protection Act. Anne is amazed at how far he has come. "It's wonderful," she says, "to see him truly enjoying the life he is living now, the life he should have lived all along."
Snake's favorite amusements include spying on the dog next door through a crack in the fence, watching TV (animal programs preferred) and singing in the car.