More on the greyhound deaths in Florida

The number of racing greyhounds found dead in Ebro, Fla. recently is now at 32 and the charges of animal cruelty against the individual alleged to be involved is up to 37, including charges relating to five emaciated dogs found still barely alive.

The Miami Herald reports three of the emaciated dogs and some of the dead dogs had duct tape tightly wrapped around their necks. Yet, the individual facing the charges told investigators the dogs were fine when he checked on them two days before. Really? – Duct tape, starving and he just didn’t notice.

This guy gets to be innocent until proven guilty like everyone else. But in comparing this story with many others involving greyhound racing, and puppy mill raids and other similar cases, there is a common theme from those charged and/or convicted. They all claim they take great care of the animals under their care.

How many times have we watched video of a puppy mill raid, with dogs covered in their feces and eyes swollen shut. But in interviews the person running the mill talks about how much they love their dogs and take such great care of them. They claim they’ve been falsely charged and want their dogs back.

It’s like a criminal walking out of the store with the stolen items in his hand and being met at the door by five police officers holding a live video feed of what he just did. But he immediately claims he didn’t do it and loves shopping in that store.

In greyhound racing, we always hear from those involved that the dogs get great care being caged nearly 24/7. And the industry polices itself. Oh the racing insiders will come out and suggest this guy being kicked out of racing shows how much the industry looks out for its dogs.

But they won’t talk about the thousands of dogs that are killed each year and the sorry breeding practices where champions are breed repeatedly in in-breeding operations, without regard for health issues such as cancer rates. They call their in-breeding ‘line breeding’ and defend it with gibberish. And I call my ketchup catsup. Same stuff, different name.

Here’s an example of the propaganda coming out of the industry, from an editorial posted on, written by the vice president of the National Greyhound Association.

Quote – “” Rigorous standards for breeders and kennel operators are strictly enforced, with lifetime expulsion from the sport for serious violators. “”

Those “rigorous standards” include apparently ignoring the fact that racing greyhounds have the highest rate of osteosarcoma of ANY BREED of dog – large or small. And of course breeding for victories is the main mission, not heath. Those of us who adopt the retired dogs are left to deal with the cancers and the emotional loss.

And the kennels are nothing more than warehouses with small cages where the dogs are forced live nearly all of each and every day. They get turnouts for training but little time for play or time for being free to be dogs.

Quote – “” It should be obvious to anyone with an ounce of common sense that greyhounds must receive proper care in order to compete at their best. “”

Wrong. We hear this from puppy mill operators too (0f course, greyhound racing is just puppy milling with racing thrown in). They claim they have to care for the parent dogs, otherwise the puppies won’t be of high quality and they won’t make money.

We wonder why puppy mills are still thriving then? And that idea a while back of making cheap products in China and selling them in the US never worked out, did it? Yeah, right. So they feed the dogs meat not fit for rats and hold them in cages 22/7, etc … Because all they really want is a couple of years of winning races. What happens to the dogs later in life is of little consequence.

And “it should be obvious to anyone with an ounce of common sense” that dogs need proper food, time for play, a loving hand of compassion and to NOT be forced to live a life caged. Anyone with common sense or a basic knowledge of dog behavior knows their overall health and wellbeing includes concerns in areas both physical and emotional.

Quote – “” There is no good reason to ban a sport that supports more than 1,300 jobs, pays millions of dollars in taxes and takes good care of its canine athletes. “”

Baloney. The good reasons include banning an industry that kills thousands of greyhounds each year and at the same time sends thousands more each year into homeless shelters to contribute to the already horrible levels of homelessness for dogs across the board.

The reason greyhound racing is a dying industry is the fact that the public no longer buys this propaganda from the insiders. We know what greyhound racing and puppy mills really are.


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