GRAI Press Release – Justice for Executed Greyhounds

 Greyhound Rescue Association Anticipates Justice for Executed Greyhounds

 Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland (GRAI) anticipates justice for executed greyhounds at two upcoming court cases this week.

 In April 2012, a walker exploring the woods near an abandoned quarry outside Limerick city came upon a gruesome discovery: an open and shallow grave of  several dead greyhounds, at least some of which were found to be shot in the head. It is assumed that these were failed racing greyhounds, disposed of when they were no longer fast enough to race.

 The walker notified Limerick Animal Welfare (a member of GRAI), who informed the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) and Garda of the discovery. Luckily, all registered racing greyhounds in Ireland have identifying tattoos in their ears which indicate their age and, more importantly, linked them to their registered owners. Due to the bodies being in various stages of decomposition, there were still some legible tattoos on a number of the dogs which identified their owners, and indicated that they were only 2 and 3 years old. GRAI believes thousands of racing greyhounds in Ireland face a similar fate when they are no longer useful for racing.

 After a lengthy investigation by the Director of Public Prosecutions, this case will be heard in Newcastle West, County Limerick on 25 April and Dublin on 26 April. It will be the first time a case  has  been  brought  before  the  court  in  an  effort  to  apply  the  new  greyhound  welfare

legislation introduced in Ireland in 2011 and therefore a landmark one. If found guilty through the Greyhound Welfare Act or other legislation, the persons responsible will be made to face the consequences of their actions.

As an organisation dedicated to promoting greyhounds as pets and representing many Irish greyhound re homing groups, GRAI is appalled by this blatant disregard for life. Greyhounds are an especially affectionate, loyal and intelligent breed of dog, adopted as pets when their racing days are over by thousands of people annually worldwide.

GRAI is determined there will be justice for the “Quarry Greyhounds” and that it will serve as a warning to anyone with similar intentions in the future.

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Appeal on behalf of Hope Rescue

The term the worst case we have ever seen is often used in Rescue.

However, it is totally justified in this case. We received a call from our vets this afternoon asking if we could take a young Lurcher girl into our care. She was found last night at around 7 p.m. by a member of the public. She was staggering at the side of Wentloog Road, Cardiff with serious injuries. Despite being stretched to our limits we immediately said yes as we believed she deserved a chance. However, we were not prepared for the extent of her injuries and to say we are shocked is an understatement. Initially the finder believed she had been hit by a car. However, once at the vets it was clear that her severe wounds were in fact 2nd and 3rd degree chemical burns. This was also supported by the accompanying smell of a paraffin-like odour. She also had her hips X-rayed as she appeared to be lame/in pain but fortunately there is no sign of skeletal damage. The RSPCA were called by the vets and are investigating her case. This little girl, who we have named Sapphire, is going to need some intensive treatment and at the moment there is a 60% chance she will need skin grafts.

 We are appealing for information as to how she may have sustained her injuries. If you have any information please either call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999, or Hope Rescue on 07545 822919.

 Secondly, we are also appealing for a very special foster home to help her on her journey back to health. The foster home needs to be in the South Wales area with easy access to our vets in Newport. She will need a quiet household with someone who is around most of the day. If you are not already registered, then you will need to go through our foster recruitment process. Please ring Nicky on 07766 523104

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Justice for the ‘Limerick Greyhounds’

We at GRW are supporting the work of GRAI and their efforts to ensure that there is some justice following the horrific abuse of greyhounds near Limerick last year. If you would like to help GRAI please follow the link below and sign the petition.

Message from GRAI

“… Please sign and share this important petition calling for the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ireland, to recognize that advocates from across the world seek that the protection(s) for Greyhounds are upheld – so that a recurrence of such horrific abuse to Greyhounds will never happen again.

Petition: DPP, Ireland – to recognize the world seeks justice for the ‘Limerick Greyhounds’

It has taken over a year for the case to be heard – dates are set for the 25th & 26th April – there is little time to gain many signatures.

Thank you in advance of your support… ”


The Limerick Quarry Greyhounds One Year Later: An Update from GRAI

Last year in April 2012, a walker was exploring the woods near an abandoned quarry located approximately 40 kilometres outside of Limerick city when, alerted by her own dogs, she came upon a horrifying discovery—an open and shallow mass grave of dead greyhounds most of which appeared to be shot in the head It is assumed that these were failed racing greyhounds (identified by having tattoos in their ears) and that they were disposed of when they were no longer fast enough to race. Some were estimated to be between just 2-3 years of age.

Marion Fitzgibbon, a spokesperson for GRAI and founder of Limerick Animal Welfare (LAW) recounts that her organization was immediately notified of this grim discovery and they swiftly contacted the local Guards. However, the police were slow to act and only became involved when the press and various media outlets began to take interest in the story. Limerick Animal Welfare notified the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) of this discovery, who then sent a Stipendiary Steward to visit the site. Luckily, all registered racing greyhounds in Ireland have identifying tattoos in their ears which link them to their owners. Due to the fact that bodies found at the site were in various stages of decomposition, there were still some legible tattoos on a number of the dogs, which Limerick Animal Welfare were able to record when they first went to the site. In total, these tattoos were linked back to three different individuals. If proven guilty of disposing of the greyhounds in this way, then it is possible these individuals could be prosecuted under the new greyhound welfare legislation as well as other existing laws.

However, movement towards justice for the quarry greyhounds has been slow, despite the fact that new greyhound welfare legislation was introduced in Ireland in 2011 to protect racing greyhounds. Yes, the owners of the dogs found in the quarry are facing legal action, but because the wheels of justice in Ireland always turn rather slowly, it has taken nearly a year for the trial to come to court.

We have recently been in contact with reliable sources and have been informed that this case will be heard in County Limerick and Dublin on April 24th and 25th. This is the first case where the Greyhound Welfare Act is likely to be applied and the persons responsible made to face the consequences of their actions, only then will justice for the Limerick quarry greyhounds (and all greyhounds that have faced the same fate) no longer remain to be seen.

Written by Andrea Lynch, PR Officer for GRAI, Email

GRW Events this week

Three GRW events this week…



Please come along to support us – there will be merchandise, volunteers and hounds!
(and as always, cuddles are free!)
See you there!

New menu item

We have added a new menu item under the <ADOPT> section called <FOREVER HOMES>

If you would like to add your hound to this gallery please email us at with a photo (landscape orientation please), the dog’s name (as known to GRW and you if you have changed it), your location and the month and year of adoption

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The scale of the issue in Eire

Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland (GRAI) has published the 2012 figures under the ‘Control of Dogs Acts’ for all of the counties in Eire.

In terms of greyhounds there were 530 dogs either surrendered, found as strays or seized. Of these dogs 28 were re-homed or claimed, 98 were transferred to welfare groups and the rest, all 404 of them were destroyed.

Whilst GRW re-homes more hounds in a year than were ‘rescued directly from pounds’ in the whole of Eire, the problem continues to exist that nearly 80% of these dogs are destroyed. Our Chairman, Alain Thomas said “…If we needed any further reasons to think of Irish greyhounds in our work then here are another 404 of them….”

Meanwhile GRAI members continue to rescue many greyhounds. In 2012 7 GRAI members rescued 364 dogs, and in this year 64 January to March

Salutary thoughts….






The great news is that Billy has now found a long term foster home (31st March 2013) with other dogs as companions.

His condition will be well looked after and we wish him well

Belle update

Belle’s foster carer has posted the following update:

Belle is 7 months old, fairly well trained. Doesn’t chew anything in the house. Hasn’t made any mess. Easy to walk, doesn’t pull, walks a little behind you on and off the lead, doesn’t go far away from you on a walk. Good with people dogs and cats. Needs to know who is boss. Prefers company, some one to cuddle up with. Fairly quiet in the house if she gets 2 decent walks a day. Looking for a special home

To view Belle’s full profile click here

Feel good story for Easter

Ellwood in his GRW days

Ellwood in his GRW days

 This is Woody, originally Ellwood one of our longest stay dogs who was with us for nearly 2 years.

Woody in his forever home

Woody in his forever home

He came in with his brother, who was immediately re-homed, but alas Woody did not find a forever home. He was eventually transferred to Devon Rescue, one of our ‘sister’ organisations who have been able to find him a lasting home.

Good luck Woody

Last Hope Sponsored Walk 2013

The Last Hope Sponsored Walk will be taking place on Sunday 5th May 2013 at Bryn Bach Park, Tredegar, NP22 3AY. Registration begins at 11.00am and the walk will be active till 3.00pm. The GRW Trailer will there with a variety of goodies and merchandise available.

Details of the walk including a poster and sponsorship form can be found by clicking here




How good is our reaction time?.

Belle is a mere puppy yet GRW have been able, through rapid reaction, to help her and her owners in a very difficult situation. Her story is especially poignant as her owner suddenly collapsed and required immediate major surgery but was left paralysed from the waist down. Looking after a bouncy lurcher puppy was not part of the recovery programme and her owner’s partner contacted GRW through the national helpline number. Within two days she had been taken in and within a week she was fostered with one of our most experienced volunteers. An example of how speed of reaction is key in ensuring that dogs in most need are fast tracked by GRW – well done the Rescue/Homing Team. Belle is now looking for a permanent home



Tooth fairy stories?

The recent rescue and rehoming of Sam, a ten year old greyhound highlights the need to look after a dogs teeth. Sam came in a most depressed boy and was immediately taken to the vets where he was diagnosed with chronic gum disease and being in constant pain. His teeth were in a dreadful state, reflecting several years of neglect that required three hours of dental surgery and the removal of many of his teeth. However, after the visit of the ‘tooth fairy’, he has made a full recovery, is back to being a ‘happy chappy’ and has been very happily rehomed in the Lampeter area. The cost of this neglect? Well the bonus from the ‘tooth fairy’ did little to reduce the £480 vet’s bill!