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.