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Injuries rampant at West Virginia dog track

Anti-dog racing groups say Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Nitro, West Virginia, has had an alarming number of greyhound injuries over the past six years — more than one a day.

West Virginia Racing Commission records analyzed by Massachusetts-based Grey2K USA show that, in addition to 1.4 injuries a day, 152 dogs were euthanized during that period, only seven of those because of illnesses.

Carey Theil, executive director of Grey2K, the anti-dog racing agency that spent years trying to obtain the records, told the Charleston Daily Mail that the numbers are the highest the group has seen at any U.S. track.

An ASPCA spokesperson called the figures “appalling.”

Track executive Dan Adkins said the number of injuries has dropped the past two years and is near the national average.

Adkins insists dog health is a top priority for the track’s parent company, Hartman and Tyner Inc. of Hallandale, Fla. Out of more than 43,400 racing starts last year, he said, there were only 25 deaths.

The records show about 750 broken bones, and more than 300 career-ending injuries.

Grey2K says the true number could be even higher than state records indicate because more than 13 months of data is missing. The Racing Commission told the Daily Mail it could not find those records.


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time February 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I wish we could put an end to this nationwide. I think the dogs are treated as a disposable commodity with a definite shelf life. We should all appreciate those who rescue and re-home them and who serve as a voice for them.

Comment from Val Wolf
Time February 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Thank you for posting this article with accompanying video which shows first hand dogs who have lost their lives due to the racing industry. Although hard to watch, this video tells it like it is. Clearly it is not surprising that people are turning away from greyhound racing and are choosing not to support this cruelty and exploitation of ‘man’s best friend’.

Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. Greyhounds endure lives of nearly constant confinement, kept in cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around. While racing, many dogs suffer and die from injuries including broken legs, paralysis, and cardiac arrest. And many greyhounds are euthanized every year, as the number retired from racing exceeds the number of adoptive homes.

Since the formation of GREY2K USA in 2001, the dog racing industry has been cut in half. Altogether, twenty-five tracks have ended dog racing and most have closed entirely. –Val Wolf Board Member, GREY2K USA

Dogs play an important role in our lives and deserve to be protected from industries and individuals that do them harm.

Comment from Paula jean Meyer
Time February 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm

and thats all i have to say about THIS…..