The 100th greyhound to lose its life on Australia’s racetracks in 2021 was three-year old Overgrip, yet another dog killed with a broken leg.
Zed Bale was the first greyhound loss this year, killed with a broken humerus on 1 January in Geelong VIC. Overgrip was killed on 12 August in Albion Park QLD with a broken tibia.
This record only reflects the deaths revealed in stewards’ reports and can be considered an undercount. Many dogs injured on the track are euthanased at a later date.
The usual trends are there – dogs are being killed after injuring their legs at track turns in races with seven or eight dogs.
NSW’s appalling run of deaths – the first half toll of 2021 was almost 50% higher than in 2020 – means the state is by far the country’s deadliest.
All greyhounds lost are listed here
Data analysis of our 100 friends taken by the racing industry:
State death totals
The worst tracks
Albion Park QLD 8 deaths
Murray Bridge SA 7
Richmond NSW 6
Gawler SA 5
Wauchope NSW 4
Wagga Wagga NSW 4
Maitland NSW 4
Cranbourne VIC 4
Wentworth Park NSW 3
Mandurah WA 3
Geelong VIC 3
Devonport TAS 3
[ 43 tracks have recorded deaths ]
Of the 100 greyhounds killed:
– 87 suffered leg fractures, 4 suffered spinal fractures
– 74 sustained their injuries at track turns, 14 in catching pens
– 56 suffered injuries after falling, while 30 broke down during the race
– Fatal injuries included acute rupture of abdominal blood vessel, thoracic haemorrhage, laceration of carotid artery from skull fracture, heart attack, ruptured aorta, and cardiac arrest
– 72 were running in races with seven or eight dogs
Most common fractures
Most common ages of deaths:
35 months old…8 greyhounds
34 months old…7 greyhounds
26 months old…7 greyhounds
Youngest dog: 18 months
Oldest dog: 60 months
(Image shows Overgrip coming to a stop on the track. He will be euthanased)