Thirteen young greyhounds were killed on the racetracks of Australia in June 2021, according to publicly-available stewards’ reports.
This number doesn’t include those dogs with major injuries that were taken from the tracks and later euthanased. Some of these we will discover; others will remain buried within the racing industry’s layers of obstruction.
The list of broken bodies:
|2 Jun||HARA’S OLAF||Albion Park QLD||Hock fracture||collision, break down in the home turn|
|7 Jun||DIAMOND GEORGE||Cannington WA||Wrist fracture & gracilis muscle tear||collisions at first turn, break down in home turn|
|9 Jun||TINKER RAY||The Meadows VIC||Lacerated carotid artery from jaw/skull fracture||fall after race finish|
|10 Jun||SHE CAN FLY||Wagga Wagga NSW||Compound foreleg fracture||fall after collision at first turn|
|14 Jun||CASH OR CHEQUE||Murray Bridge SA||Foreleg fracture||fall after collisions at first turn|
|18 Jun||LONNIE WONDER||Mandurah WA||Open fracture of foreleg||fall after collision past finish line|
|19 Jun||FIREFLY JEN||Kempsey NSW||Collapse from heart attack on finish line|
|21 Jun||FINE EDITION||Warrnambool VIC||Fractured foreleg||Fall after collision at home turn|
|24 Jun||ZIPPING WHOOPI||Murray Bridge SA||Found dead from ruptured aorta in kennel|
|25 Jun||ZINFANDEL BORIS||Gawler SA||Collapsed from cardiac arrest after finish|
|26 Jun||SKETCHY TRAPDOOR||Wauchope NSW||Fractured femur||Fall after 4-dog collision near catching pen|
|26 Jun||SOME GAVE ALL||Dubbo NSW||Compound fractures to foreleg||Fall after collision at back straight turn|
|30 Jun||FLIGHTY LADY||Richmond NSW Compound fracture of foreleg||Fall after collision at home turn|
Most of the thirteen greyhounds suffered the “usual” fatal injuries – probably treatable – of broken legs caused by falls at track turns.
However, there were several disturbing deaths that say a lot about how hard the dogs are being raced. Three died from cardiac arrests or a ruptured aorta; another greyhound sustained a lacerated carotid artery.