The death of another young greyhound at the Grafton track has highlighted the growing NSW death toll and the mounting opposition to the proposed new Tweed racetrack, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
A steward’s report into the incident shows that the 21-month old greyhound, Mr Dynamic, collided with other dogs at the first turn in Race 12 at Grafton on 12 December 2021 and fell heavily.
He suffered a fractured foreleg, and was euthanased by the on-track vet.
Mr Dynamic is the second greyhound racing loss at Grafton this year, following the death of Darling Display in September, euthanased with a broken ankle.
Three other dogs suffered injuries at the same race meeting, with two of them sustaining fractured legs.
More than 100 greyhounds have been injured while racing at Grafton this year, and 63 greyhounds have now been killed on NSW tracks.
Seven of these deaths occurred at Northern Rivers tracks (Casino 3, Lismore 2, Grafton 2).
One hundred and sixty-six greyhounds have now been killed nationwide in 2021 while racing (all listed here).
Animal welfare advocates expressed anger at the death of another young greyhound and the threat of a new track in the Tweed region.
‘2021 has been a shocking year for greyhounds in NSW and the death toll keeps climbing,’ said Annie Hendley, director, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
‘While racetracks are being closed around the world, the NSW Government is pouring public money into a dog-killing industry.
‘Mr Dynamic was only 21 months old and was killed in his eighth race. Just another greyhound euthanased with a leg injury,’ said Annie Hendley, director, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
‘The proposed new greyhound track at Tweed flies against public opinion and will be a disaster for dogs and the local region. Thirteen greyhounds have now been killed on Northern Rivers tracks over the last two years,’ she said.