Greyhound dog rescue Hemopet fights to stay open after $82,000 tax bill

GARDEN GROVE – One way California pays the bills is by taxing dog blood.

And officials at Hemopet, a Garden Grove nonprofit known as the Red Cross for canine blood, say that is financially troublesome.

Hemopet, which rescues greyhounds from racetracks and adopts them out after drawing their blood to help all sorts of dogs, owes $82,000 in back taxes to the state. And it is now looking at an estimated $30,000 annual hit in taxes the group hadn’t paid as well.

Founded in 1986, Hemopet rescues dogs and supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s canine blood. Selling the blood covers the bulk of the bills, with donations filling in the gap.

The nonprofit has to now also cover the sales tax annually, after Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a bill that would have exempted it from collecting and passing along the tax when selling its blood to veterinary hospitals –…

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