Iowa bar's mouse racing a public health threat
Posted: May 28th, 2011 - 2:28pm by Doug Powell
Sheriffs are fighting their way through the seedy underbelly of Danville, Iowa, taking aim at unregulated gambling in its most adorable form -- mouse racing.
Officers raided the Bucktail Lodge last week in search of code violations and shut down the popular races.
The sleepy country bar was also cited for several health violations from the on-site rodents, old food and trash in the building's basement. The owners said those citations were absurd too.
"Nobody gets beyond the pool table over there, even if they're drinking a beer, so if a mouse can jump out of there (race track) go run and drop a turd in his beer he's doing something," said Scott Beach, owner of the Bucktail Lodge.
When the mice aren't competing, they are adored as pets in the family's apartment above the bar.