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Former racing greyhounds to find adoptive homes after Texas blood bank shuts down


That Texas operation that held retired racing greyhounds in captivity to regularly harvest and sell their blood is shutting down.

PETA exposed neglectful conditions at the blood farm this fall and has been campaigning hard for its closure — going so far as to put up billboards, engage in protests and even buy a share of stock in the company it sold blood to.

The Pet Blood Bank, located northwest of Austin, is one of several commercial blood banks in the United States with an in-house “colony” of dogs used to supply blood for veterinary treatments, according to the Washington Post blog Animalia.

An attorney for the blood bank said in a statement Thursday that the closing was a “business decision” made because the PETA campaign had “caused our long-standing customer relationships to be terminated.”

The National Greyhound Association and other dog-racing advocacy organizations said they were working with regional greyhound adoption groups and the Pet Blood Bank to place all of the 150 greyhounds now housed there up for adoption.

“We’re confident that every greyhound at the blood bank will be on its way to a loving new home within the next few days,” said Jim Gartland, the association’s executive director.”

Last month, PETA obtained photos and videos from a former company employee showing dogs confined in squalid quarters and, in some cases, left to suffer from painful injuries and dental disease.

The blood bank’s owner, Shane Altizer, denied the allegations.

PETA aimed its campaign primarily at Patterson Veterinary, the Minnesota-based company that the blood bank was a provider for. It held protests at the company headquarters and the home of the CEO of its parent group. It bought billboards, and one share of stock in Patterson Companies “to put pressure on the billion-dollar enterprise.”

Operations like the Pet Blood Bank sell their products to veterinary clinics or supply companies, and greyhounds — because members of the breed often have a universal blood type — are commonly used as donors.

The banks are not regulated by the federal government, and California is the only state that regulates them.

In a statement on Thursday, President Ingrid Newkirk said PETA would “work hard to get regulations passed to ensure all blood for emergency transfusions comes from real donors and not from imprisoned, miserable dogs.”

(Photo: PETA)


Comment from LucyP
Time October 30, 2017 at 8:50 am

I’m so glad that these dogs will finally have a chance to know the love and comfort of a real home. Now, let’s pass laws to prevent other dogs from being used and abused in this cruel and unregulated industry.

Comment from Jennofur OConnor
Time October 30, 2017 at 9:37 am

I am so grateful that these dogs are going to get a chance at a real life!

Comment from KimMarie
Time October 30, 2017 at 11:17 am

I hope the good people of Texas open their homes and hearts to these greyhounds. They need caring new families to shower them in love.

Comment from Allison D
Time October 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Wonderful news! These dogs deserve warm, loving homes and I’m so happy they’ll be getting that. They’ve suffered long enough.

Comment from Fred Barton
Time October 30, 2017 at 3:59 pm

Exploiting greyhounds for their speed, or for the fact that they are universal donors is still exploitation.

I am a Board member of GREY2K USA Worldwide, an organization that fights to save these marvelous creatures all over the globe. (you can learn more about us here: http://www.grey2kusa.org.) I have fostered and adopted rescued racing greyhounds since 1995. I thank PETA and all those involved in liberating these dogs. Now let’s do the same for those still trapped in racing kennels.
Fred Barton
Board Member
GREY2K USA Worldwide

Comment from Heather Moore
Time October 30, 2017 at 5:07 pm

Thank God! These dogs will finally get a chance at a happy life—no race track or bloody hellhole. Such fantastic news!

Comment from Julie
Time November 1, 2017 at 7:44 am

The problem with PETA and other NGOS are they only “identify” the issue and not offers any solution. They knew very well that after their campaign the blood bank gonna shut down but they didn’t planned any adoption solution for the dogs living in that facility. if PETA was really sincere then it should have also adopted all the dogs.