The Palm Beach Post ran a very nice article yesterday about Bullet, a “retired” racing greyhound. He will be honored Saturday as the “grand marshal” of a parade.
But the story also reports Bullet suffered a broken leg, ending his racing days. And he has recently faced two surgeries and multiple chemo treatments after being diagnosed with cancer.
So Bullet really is representative of two of the horrors of racing – the injuries and poor breeding practices. For example, studies have shown racing greyhound suffer osteosarcoma at a rate higher than for ANY OTHER breed of dog – large or small. I know of one family that lost three adopted greys to cancer.
By the way , I put the word ‘retired’ in quotes in the lead paragraph because it’s not like any greyhound would ever choose racing as a career or have a choice of when to retire. And they certainly don’t get a retirement package, as thousands are killed each year when they are “retired” and the industry sends the others away to add to the overall homeless dog population, within rescue groups across the country.
And the industry certainly does NOT cover the cost of their cancer treatments or other health issues the industry leaves them with. That is left to people who kindly adopt them.