What is the evidence that the greyhound industry treats dogs badly?
The greyhound racing industry treats dogs like machines. They will spend many hours in a cramped cage or kennel, Dogs usually start racing at 18 months old, and many dogs don’t make it to the retirement age which is usually the age of 4 or 5. More than 80,000 greyhounds were registered to a race between 2008- 2014. Sickness and injuries claimed the lives of many dogs. Since 2008 more than 11,700 greyhounds have been injured which has been documented nationwide including heart attacks, heatstroke, electrocution, fractured skulls, broken necks and more than 3,000 broken legs, nearly 1,000 racing greyhounds have been documented dead since 2008. Some recent examples of greyhound’s deaths include the following;
- In April 2014, the skull of a one-year-old greyhound called Colt Maximus was crushed in a training race at wheeling island in West Virginia.
- Another example of a death that happened was in July 2013 a three-year-old greyhound called Scotty was euthanised after sustaining a severe spinal injury during a race at Dubuque Greyhound Park in Lowa.