Greyhound Deaths Lead To Further Look Into Arkansas Dog Racing Track

The deaths of seven greyhounds at an Arkansas track this summer has caused state racing officials to look at the rules for handling racing dogs.

On August 9, a fight started between a group of greyhounds at Southland Gaming and Racing’s track. One dog was already dead when the state veterinarian arrived at the scene, and the others had to be euthanized because of their injuries.

The racing director of the track said the males dogs were in a “turnout pen” during temperatures of over 100 degrees. There was a lot of activity and excitement in the pen with all of the dogs and the dogs quickly became overheated.

The track has discontinued its contract with the kennel company that was supervising the dogs. There was only one person looking over both the male and female turnout pens when the fight began.

Commission members asked the state veterinarian to meet with track officials and members of the Arkansas Greyhound Association to figure out ways to prevent future incidents and possibly new rules for the supervision and operation of turnout pens at the race track.

“This has never happened before. I don’t know if anyone anticipated something like this happening,” said Byron Freeland, the commission’s attorney. “If this could be a problem in the future, we may need a rule requiring proper supervision.”

Source: Forbes

(Thanks Irene)

4 Responses to “Greyhound Deaths Lead To Further Look Into Arkansas Dog Racing Track”

  1. Lynne says:

    Dog racing and horse racing are both rife with cruelty. This does not surprise me in the least.

  2. catmom5 says:

    Another reason I hate dog/horse racing. The animals pay the ultimate price ~ always ~ so humans can “be entertained” or make some money or have bragging rights. So very sad, and unnecessary.

  3. toni says:

    Yet another case to close down these enterprises that are based on animal cruelty.

  4. pat getz says:

    It’s all about money! Don’t socialize these dogs– keep them cooped up in small cages where they can barely stand up straight or turn around, often wearing muzzles 24 hours at a time so they won’t chew their metal cage bars or the filthy urine-stained scraps of newsprint or ripped carpet remnants–then finally let them out with too few inadequately trained kids (usually they are young, uneducated, and their only other choice is at McDonald’s) and what do you get? A dog fight! SURPRISE! End this torture! The racing industry likes to say “they love to run, that’s why they are using them to race”. This isn’t running. This is heinous abuse.


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