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New injury report reveals the cruelty of dog racing in Arkansas

reportDear Friends,

Breaking news! GREY2K USA has just released a report on injuries suffered by dogs racing at Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis, Arkansas. This is the first time that such information has ever been made public and the result of almost eight years of denials by officials. We are grateful to the state for finally releasing these documents.

As reported on the front cover of today's Arkansas Times, from January 2008 through March 2012, more than 450 greyhound injuries were recorded at an average of 8.86 per month at just one track! The most commonly reported injury (47%) was a broken leg. Other reported injuries included broken backs and necks, tears, lacerations and other broken bones. Sadly, some of the injured dogs were less than two years old.cover

  • A one-and-a-half-year-old red fawn greyhound named Braska Jodi was euthanized after breaking her neck during a race on February 12, 2009.
     
  • A three-and-a-half-year-old white and black greyhound named Kumba was euthanized after he broke his leg during a race on January 14, 2009.
     
  • A three-year-old red greyhound named Marvel At This was euthanized after breaking her neck during a race on October 8, 2008.
     
  • A three-year-old red fawn greyhound named CTW In Vogue was euthanized after dislocating her left leg and back during a race on October 8, 2008.
     
  • A two-year-old brindle greyhound named Hallo Hix Fancy was euthanized after breaking his leg during a race on March 22, 2008.

Bow Rockabilly'sOf additional concern, multiple greyhounds sustained repeated injuries. For example, Nimby Magic, a four-and-a-half-year-old dark brindle, was injured twice in fewer than thirty days. She suffered a seizure on December 28, 2011 and then broke her leg and tore a muscle in her foot on January 16, 2012.

Dogs were also raced on extremely hot days. On July 19, 2008, a two-and-a-half-year-old white and fawn greyhound named CG's Spectator was euthanized after breaking both his left and right front legs during a race. That day the reported temperature was 96 degrees.

Read our entire report here.

Southland first opened in 1956 and is Arkansas' only dog track. Despite a lack of interest in live racing, and thanks to multiple tax breaks and expanded gambling at the facility, Southland has been able to stay open.

donate to help greyhounds at SouthlandBut together we can change this. Stay tuned for more information and updates on how you can help the greyhounds.

Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.
President, GREY2K USA

Carey M. Theil
Executive Director, GREY2K USA


 

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