Yesterday in Boise, Idaho, the “Arena-Weina Extravaganza” went on as scheduled, but without the dachshund race that is usually the highlight of the event.
Dog racing is a felony in Idaho, you see.
The local country-music station that organizes the event, WOW 104.3, announced earlier this week that it had learned Idaho law does not allow dog racing under any circumstances, even if no bets are placed and the dogs are “wiener dogs” who run a distance of at most 40 feet. According to its announcement, local authorities were “dead serious” about arresting someone if the race went forward (although the station’s manager told me this was prompted by local media, not by aggressive law enforcement). So under the circumstances, they decided to cancel:
We here at WOW 104.3 had nothing but good intentions with Rick and Carly’s Arena-Wiena Cross. Good old family fun with some great people and their beautiful little wiener dogs. The run would’ve been thirty or forty feet and absolutely no wagering or any kind of abuse or mistreatment would be present.
With that said, we understand and respect our laws and more importantly, the safety of these animals. Every WOW 104.3 employee is a dog owner, lover, and advocate and their safety and treatment is top priority.
Well, now they understand the law, which does indeed criminalize any and all “live dog races” in Idaho (betting on televised races is still allowed), and has since January 1, 1996:
On and after the effective date of this act, live dog races and pari-mutuel betting on such races or the training of dogs to compete in live dog races shall be illegal in the state of Idaho [except at facilities that were licensed at the time the law passed]. Any person participating or conducting a live dog race or pari-mutuel betting on such a live dog race or the training of dogs to compete in live dog races in violation of this section shall be guilty of a felony.
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