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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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Susan M

The State of Texas should be ashamed for allowing this abuse to exist. These poor dogs are treated inhumanely and fed diseased food but yet expected to perform for profit of the track. Disgusting. I am utterly appalled at the suffering animals go through because of the stupidity and greed of humans. These race tracks should be immediately closed and these poor dogs should be released to a sanctuary or rescue group that will care for them and love them!!!!!!!

GaryCrockett

The losers responsible for this. Lets torture them. Please give me there personal info. Animals are so much better than people.

Linda

Hoarding is a known medical condition that generally occurs after a tramatic incident resulting in a feeling of loneliness. A hoarder truly believes they are doing right by their animals and it is never their intention to harm. Recognizing the problem is the first step towards recovery. Loving families and friends are their only hope towards living a more normal life. Animals are unconditional therefore they are unfortunately chosen for comfort. Be thankful that this hoarder was able to recognize that they needed help.

Chris T.

I am so sick of humans who think that it OK for them to treat animals that way and to make profit of them!!!!!!!!!!! Who in the hell do they think they are,i hope they all will pay for all the cruelty dearly when their time comes!!!!!! The US is in desperate need of more Laws that protects any living animal!!!!!!!!!

Dorothy Bienen

I pray I live to see the day when the beautiful greyhounds are sitting in the stands....watching the cruel and thoughtless humans run and chase the bait.....imagine that...and keep praying with all your might that will happen. I will not rest until this is finished!!! DRB

Jackson Watkins

First is all, racing these beautiful animals for profit and treating them the way they do is absolutely animal abuse. The industry would like for the public to believe that they talk great care of the racer, but there are too many horror stories to believe anything different. We rescued our "joyful thunder" two years ago and she is an absolute joy to have in our lives. It is an honor to be her "DogDad".

Jackson Watkins

First is all, racing these beautiful animals for profit and treating them the way they do is absolutely animal abuse. The industry would like for the public to believe that they talk great care of the racer, but there are too many horror stories to believe anything different. We rescued our "joyful thunder" two years ago and she is an absolute joy to have in our lives. It is an honor to be her "DogDad".

Cynthia

the same abuse goes on in Sarasota and Pinellias ,Florida, someone needs to investigate what goes on here also, its sad, so so sad.

George

IT NEEDS TO COME TO A STOP !!!!!! THEY ARE DOGS DAMN IT NOT HORSES, even horse racing needs to stop.

Ravinder

We adopted our very first retired racing greyhound,Swanson almost 2 years ago and every day I am amazed at how gentle these dogs are. My Swanson loves to run at the dog park and everyone always stops to look because he is so fast, but "he runs because he chooses to" and that's how it should be - every living being deserves to be have a good life.

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