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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.

Angry? Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to stand up for animals.

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Brynn

After adopting our second greyhound, I did some research online and found a forum where someone had indicated that a greyhound was in need of transportation North in order to be helped by an adoption agency. Our girl was in 53 races and broke her rear right leg in her last one. She was then left for months with a broken leg before the agency we work with was able to get her medical attention. She is the most loving, thankful, energetic little girl, and I am horrified that anyone could leave her that way.

Tiara

STOP THE RACING AND ABUSE OF THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS

Kathy

WTH? When will the human race realize animals are NOT here for their entertainment. But rather for their enjoyment and unconditional love. REally?? Get a life!

Bernice Griffin

Please speak up for these innocent creatures who did not ask for this lifestyle..
In Texas the horse racing and casino slot machines are more popular...
Lets fight to band this racing in Texas and to arrest the abuser ...
who is and has taken advantage of these defenceless animals...
no one human or animal deserves this treatment.

Kim Reaser

I hate all forms of animal based entertainment. Circuses, dog racing, horse racing, petting zoos, road side animal displays...yes, even Sea World. People know how those animals are treated yet they choose not to acknowledge the cruelty because they would have to be responsible for their low ethics.

Suzin

My greyhounds are the center of my universe. I pray that in my lifetime greyhound racing will be a practice of the past. Stop using these beautiful animals as a form of entertainment.

Suzin

My greyhounds are the center of my universe. I pray that in my lifetime greyhound racing will be a practice of the past. Stop using these beautiful animals as a form of entertainment.

Rosanne Benson

I cannot believe in this day and age that we still allow this horrendous abuse of our domestic pets.

Terri Kaptain

Disgusting how humans treat animals. It is disgraceful...all for the mighty buck. This should be treated the same as dog fighting, etc. These poor beautiful creatures should be all be freed and be able to live their lives in comfort with humans who will love them instead of treating them as a commodity.

Sheri

such a shame this is still allowed to go on! I'll be glad when this is made illegal.

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