Horror of US greyhound injuries Situation in UK "no better"
Below we reproduce an item from U.S. Newswire featuring a report by greyhound protection organisation Grey2K USA on numbers of greyhounds killed and injured at the two Massachusetts dog tracks between 2002 and 2004.
The report makes horrific reading, but the situation in the UK is certainly no better.
Unlike in Massachusetts, the UK greyhound racing industry does not keep a record of injuries (wonder why?) and there is no legal requirement for information on injuries to be released to the public.
However, according to experienced greyhound vet Paddy Sweeney, an average of over 10,000 greyhounds per year have suffered injury on British tracks since commercial dog racing began in the UK.
Distribution Source : U.S. Newswire Date : Wednesday, July 20, 2005 To: State Desk
BOSTON, July 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- According to a report submitted this morning to state lawmakers, nearly 500 racing greyhounds have been injured while competing at Massachusetts racetracks over the past three years.
The document, released by the greyhound protection organization GREY2K USA, is a compilation of injury records maintained by the Massachusetts State Racing Commission. This is the first public release of this information since the passage of a 2001 state law requiring that area dog tracks report on greyhound injuries.
"This is the first time lawmakers will know what is happening to racing greyhounds in Massachusetts," said GREY2K USA Vice President Chrsitine Dorchak. "It is our hope that this new information will cause them to rethink a cruel industry and support a phase out of dog racing."
According to state records, 481 greyhounds were injured between 2002 and 2004. Reported injures included broken legs, fractures, dislocations, cardiac arrest, spontaneous seizures, sudden collapse before or after racing, spinal cord paralysis, severed tails, bleeding toes, lacerated eyes, a puncture wound and a broken neck. A total of 28 greyhounds died or were reported euthanized.
"Racetrack owners claim this is a safe sport, but the catastrophic injuries described by track vets refute that claim," said Dorchak. "When voters learn the truth about this cruel industry, they will outlaw dog racing."
My family once adopted a really sweet retired greyhound named Comet poor thing had separation anxiety. She ate doors and scratched them until the point of causing bodily harm to her teeth and paws. Someone had to be home with her at all times. Good thing there was 5 kids in that household.....
I sw a show on on one of the Discovery channels years ago aout thre horrors of greyhound racing. The one part that still sticks in my mind was how they put all the poor dogs to sleep and then they were literally thrown in the back of a pick up truck for disposal. I cried though the entire program. It was absolutely heartwrenching.
Living in Florida, there is a greyhoud race track, not far from where I live, but I have never attended one of the races, nor do I ever plan on going to one.
Things for these dogs are better than it was years ago, but still, so many are PTS and not even offered a chance at adoption.
There's a greyhound racetrack in Council Bluffs, IA, which is about 4 1/2 hours from me and there's a greyhound rescue right there in Council Bluffs as well. I'm really glad someone thought of that. I think that's what should be done in all places with greyhound racetracks.
Most tracks have rescues. The problem is not all of the dogs are so lucky to end up in rescues. Please view the video I posted earlier on this thread. Rescue groups will deny it. They have to. They would not get any dogs to rescue if they were able to tell the truth. Kinda a catch 22..... It's so sad! :(
You know, I was talking to a friend of mine who worked with the dogs at a greyhound race track (I live in MA) and he said that racing is all the dogs have, and from their previous life it tends to be much better.. however I dont know this for a fact.