More falling at track turns, “incidents” in catching pens, and bruised bodies breaking down. RIP ten poor greyhounds who died on Australian racetracks in July.
|4 July||SOLD BY STICKER (2 yrs old)||Sandown Park VIC||Fractured hock and tibia|
|5 July||DOUBLE UP RED (2 yrs)||Maitland NSW||Fractured hock|
|8 July||BUDDY GUY (3 yrs)||Murray Bridge SA||Fractured hock|
|8 July||DAVID MOSS (3 yrs)||Hobart TAS||Fractured hock|
|13 July||SKETCHY A BIT (4 yrs)||Townsville QLD||Compound fracture of foreleg|
|15 July||VAUGHN (2 yrs)||Shepparton VIC||Fractured foreleg|
|19 July||ASTON VIGOUR (2 yrs)||Murray Bridge SA||Compound fracture of foreleg|
|20 July||ROJO NUGGET (18 mths)||Devonport TAS||Compound fracture of humerus|
|21 July||DUNDEE TOPAZ (2 yrs)||Cranbourne VIC||Multiple fractures of tibia & fibula|
|23 July||LOU LEE (3 yrs)||Mandurah WA||Severely displaced/ fractured right wrist|
Some (most?) of these leg injuries would have been treatable – but what chance have the dogs got when the euthanasia is paid for by the racing club.
That’s the value the industry puts on these dogs – nothing.
And the racing clubs are also kind enough to provide freezers for the dead greyhounds. Are these what NSW racing minister Kevin Anderson describes as “the highest animal welfare standards”? The industry certainly has an efficient system of disposing of these unwanted by-products of gambling.
But the images above show the last moments of these ten dogs – often in blurry, low-resolution video stills – and we’ll remember them.