New Report Highlights Horrors of Texas Greyhound Racing

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 4:00pm
New Report Highlights Horrors of Texas Greyhound Racing

We already knew that Greyhounds at racetracks suffer immensely. But today, Greyhound advocate group GREY2K USA released a report that shows just how bad things are for dogs forced to race in Texas.

The report, produced with funding from the ASPCA, showed that at Texas racetracks:

• Greyhounds are forced to live in confined, stacked cages, with large Greyhounds being unable to stand fully erect in their cages.
• In 2012, six Greyhounds died at Gulf Greyhound Park from a form of canine influenza, often a recurring epidemic in cramped living situations.
• In 2011, a Texas Greyhound trainer failed to obtain veterinary care for an injured Greyhound until two days after the injury occurred.
• Greyhounds are fed 4-D meat from diseased animals to reduce costs.

The report also showed that1,507 greyhound injuries were reported at Texas racetracks from January 2008 through December 2011. Fifty-six of these injuries were fatal or required euthanasia, with the most commonly reported injury being broken legs. Other serious injuries reported included torn muscles, puncture wounds, a fractured skull and paralysis.

Frankly, we don’t see why the Texas dog racing industry doesn’t just throw in the towel—Lone Star State residents are way over dog racing. The report shows that gambling on dog racing and dog race attendance are way, way down.

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I once took a greyhound from a 'racing grayhound rescue' he was beautiful, big, and black as night. His name was "pride",
He loved our attention to him, and loved being treated well, but after a year of working with him, I could not stop him from dogfighting, killing other animals, and urinating all over the place, and staying outside during the winter made him sick. I finally returned him to the rescue. he was badly ruined, and not easy to learn new things. These dogs are not like normal pet dogs. Some of them turn out to be success stories, some do not. Pride didn't unfortunately.

Faith Yiengst

the individuals operating/working in this industry(as well as the , horse racing, animal breeders,etc)are indeed horrible and uncaring, deserving of our contempt and anger...but, you know what:those of us who stand by,cry,wring our hands and do nothing bear a greater guilt. "..a righteous man cares for the needs of his animals." We all need to "stand up and be counted.." LOUDLY AND NOW as individuals and as a people.

Darlene Lutz

I live in Texas, the past 4 years, can't believe such abuse still goes on anywhere. I volunteered for a rescue group for 8 years in Pa and adopted 6 greyhounds, which are the most compassionate dogs around. Love them. Here in Texas and other surrounding states they still use greyhounds for coyotes. I couldn't believe that still goes on. What is the matter with people that they see no wrong in the abusive way they treat these wonderful dogs. We need more laws and more enforcement of the laws. Wake Up People-- Stop Animal Abuse!!!!!!!

Glynda Cone

This is no way to treat these animals, they deserve better, and the owners and race track officials should be held responsible for the suffering they go thru. Someone should inspect the dogs for injuries after every race and see to it these animals that are hurt get immediate help and that their living conditions are immediate improved and that they are fed a healthy diet regularly. If this can't or won't be done then I request the State of Texas shut them down. I will call all our State Reps unt someone listens. Cruelty of any kind against any animal is not acceptable and it's high time the legal system steps up and starts punishing abusers.

Jean Shappit

Where has kindness, compassion and decency gone from our world? In order to stop his abuse you need to close down all of the race tracks, contact the greyhound rescue organizations and find good homes for all of them before more are wounded and die. How would the people who are doing this able to look themselves in the mirror and not be ashamed? Let's stop this now and give these beautiful, gentle animals a second chance.

Marliese Bonk

Texas is a vile state where anything goes. However, it's not the only state where greyhound racing is legal and other states are just as guilty expoiting greyhounds for stupidity, greed and profits derived to heinous animal cruelty and the stupidity of its moron patrons and spectators!


i would love to know how to find out how to adopt a retired or rescued greyhound. i live in louisiana. if you have any info please let me know


Thankfully, the GH track in Phoenix AZ FINALLY closed. They tried to get the city to allow slots & other stuff there to keep it open. When it closed they had an article in the paper about how it had been an "institution" and now those few people were out of work (sorry--too bad). Of course, no mention of the many greyhounds that were injured or died over the years! I thought we were also going to finally get rid of our horse track, but now I see pictures of ladies in their fancy hats (as if they're at the Derby). I wonder if these women would feel so "special" if they knew the horrors of horse racing!

Furm Jones

Greyhound racing should be abolished once and for all. These loving animals should be adopted into forever homes.

Kathy Chojnacki

God created animals for our enjoyment. How can so many people think they can't feel pain? They are as alive as any person. I'm so sick of hearing the terrible things people do to animals.