Shocking number of retired greyhounds being put down because ‘no viable homes and cost of treating them too excessive’

ALMOST 350 greyhounds have been killed final yr because no-one was ready to deal with them as they headed into retirement.

The game’s governing physique have revealed the surprising figures which have uncovered the unhappy destiny of many canine as they got here to the top of their racing careers.

The shocking numbers of greyhounds being put down on retirement has been revealed

Alamy
three

The surprising numbers of greyhounds being put down on retirement has been revealed

The Greyhound Board of Nice Britain have revealed that over 1,000 retiring canine both died or have been put to sleep in 2017 – 257 of them killed trackside on ‘humane grounds’.

However over a 3rd of them have been put down simply because no house might be discovered for them or because remedy prices have been deemed too excessive.

Of the 1,003 who died as their retirement got here, 348 of them have been put to sleep in consequence of no-one prepared to take care of them, report the Telegraph.

The figures have brought on concern amongst officers on the Battersea Canine and Cats house, which itself took in 139 greyhounds over the course of 2017.

Almost 350 greyhounds were put down on retirement last year because they could not be homed

PA:Empics Sport
three

Virtually 350 greyhounds have been put down on retirement final yr because they might not be homed

Deputy chief government Peter Laurie stated: “Battersea welcomes the disclosure of these figures, as larger transparency can solely assist to enhance the welfare of racing and ex-racing Greyhounds.

“Nevertheless, while the discharge of these figures is a step in the fitting course, we’re involved that they reveal that four,837 accidents have been recorded at tracks final yr and 257 canine have been killed.



“The GBGB must take fast, demonstrable motion to scale back these numbers.”

The GBGB has launched a brand new ‘Greyhound Dedication’ aimed toward enhancing the best way canine are handled within the business.

They usually insist the 257 fatalities in consequence of racing incidents prior to now 12 months is just a small fraction in comparison with different sports corresponding to horse racing.

GBGB chief government Mark Fowl stated:  “The publication of today’s knowledge demonstrates the degrees of care and consideration already being offered to the welfare of canine in our sport and proves that the overwhelming majority of greyhounds are efficiently homed once they retire.

“However there have been 348 canine this yr for whom no house might be discovered and our mission is to scale back this number to zero.”

The governing physique have introduced plans to direct no less than seventy five per cent of the cash it receives from the betting business to animal welfare.

Improvements have been announced to rueduce the number of needless deaths

Getty Pictures – Getty
three

Enhancements have been introduced to scale back the number of useless deaths

And a brand new damage restoration scheme has been launched, which can assist fund the medical prices concerned in treating greyhounds injured in races.

Lord Gardiner, the minister for animal welfare, stated: “I welcome the GBGB’s dedication to enhancing greyhound welfare and the publication of today’s knowledge, a key suggestion of Defra’s assessment of the Greyhound Racing Laws, is a welcome step to enhancing transparency within the sport.

“The figures present there’s nonetheless room for enchancment so it’s proper GBGB has set out plans to scale back accidents and deaths additional and have a mission to chop the number of greyhounds put to sleep because of remedy prices or lack of ability to discover a new house to zero.”

View of the Cheltenham parade ring forward of Day 2 of the pageant

ALMOST 350 greyhounds have been killed final yr because no-one was ready to deal with them as they headed into retirement.