Study: Greyhound Training Causes Bone Density Changes and Microfractures

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 11:35 AM PST  Grey2KUSA

Researchers at Massey University in New Zealand just completed a five-year study of issues related to the greyhound racing industry. Not surprisingly, their conclusions provide even more evidence that dog racing is cruel and inhumane.

According to an abstract for the study, which was conducted between 2007 and 2011:

“We identified that hock injuries were the single most important cause of catastrophic failure and dog loss. The combination of training practices, questionable feeding practices, and the suspicion of stress-induced fractures was also a significant cause of dog loss.”
In particular, the study found that training and racing on an oval track actually changes a greyhound’s bone density, and results in microfractures:

“An initial subjective assessment has revealed asymmetry between the bone density of the left/right central tarsal bones, as the result of track running, and increases in bone volume and density following training. Also, microfractures appear to result during training.”

Finally, and perhaps most notably, the study found that the bone density changes that take place during training may cause greyhounds to be predisposed to a later catastrophic injury:

“We are uncovering the early changes in bone that occur after the onset of training, and which may predispose it to catastrophic fracture later.”

Greyhound breeders often claim that catastrophic injuries are mere accidents they are not responsible for. In their own words, a broken leg is “no big deal.” This new study provides even more evidence that this is simply not the case. Catastrophic greyhound injuries are an entirely predictable result of this cruel industry. As long as dog racing continues, thousands of greyhounds will suffer broken legs and die on the track.
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Arizona NRT voted to phase out greyhound racing

Grey2KUSA Feb. 7, 2012

Yesterday, the Arizona Committee on Natural Resources and Transportation voted unanimously in favor of phasing out dog racing in Arizona! GREY2K USA lobbyist Gretchen Jacobs was there to testify for the dogs.

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Skecher’s Super Bowl ad promoting the cruel sport of greyhound racing

Skechers President Michael Greenburg at
Skechers Vice President of Media Gary Martin at
Mark Cuban at
NBC Universal at;;;;
Please pull the Skecher’s Super Bowl ad featuring greyhounds running at Tucson Greyhound Park.
Why would you want to glorify a cruel sport.  You have obviously not done your homework in regard to using the dogs in your ad.
It is probalby to late to withdraw the ad and make a new one.  Instead you could make a large donation to Grey 2K USA, who is fighting to close all the greyhound tracks in the US and around the world.
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Greyhound Dogs as Blood Donors

Greyhounds are being used as blood donors, under the pretense of having been rescued from the track.  Is it better for the individual dogs to go from a cage at a track, to a cage at a so-called rescue facility and be in a situation where they might have to share a cage with another dog, having to fight for their food and space, sleeping in their feces, having little exercise, etc.  Is it better to have a good quality of life or quantity?
It appears that having a “non-profit” business, supplying blood to vets, is very lucrative.  For example, Hemopet, in Garden Grove, California, has grown over the years to warehouse hundreds of greyhound dogs, who have been given to the organization by trainers and others, dogs who are no longer money makers.  They go under the radar as to who is giving them away.  Hemopet gets the dogs free, bleeds them for months and years, and then when they can no longer give blood, the dogs are put up for adoption.
See 2009 Non-profit Tax Return for Hemopet – (you need to register on in order read 990 Tax Return)
As you can see, a non-profit does not mean that you cannot make a large salary, as a managing employee of the organization, with benefits, over $100,000.  Not having the details of the tax return, we can only surmise that the President of Hemopet, Dr. Jean Dodds, DMV, is receiving these funds.
Major problems with Hemopet:
Dog cages –  two dogs per cage
  • designed for one dog, with one raised area for sleeping
  • even the greyhound tracks do not have shared cages
  • space for movement, sleeping, excretions, is limited with two dogs in a cage
  • below is a photo of two dogs in a cage ( photo with blue cage sides) – you can see the dog bowl on the raised area in the back of the cage – what you see is the cage size
  • the cages are lined up, as they are at the tracks
  • how is this condition better for the dogs
  • State inspectors are influenced by the reputation of Dr. Dodds and are therefore not inspecting the Hemopet facility or they are overlooking the conditions. 
  • We are in the process of determining the California minimum size of a cage ALLOWED for one dog.  With the raised sleeping platform, we assume the cages are too small for two dogs.
  • The description below, on the Hemopet web site, of the cage, is a complete lie.
  • California –  animal blood banks are licensed and regulated by:
California Department of Food & Agriculture
Animal Health and Food Safety Services, Animal Health Branch
1220 N Street, Room A-107
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Florida Greyhound Racing Report about Cruelty to Dogs

Ronald Williams

Read article here  12-7-11

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Skechers Shoes Promoting Greyhound Racing – Why?

Earlier this month, a TV crew was seen filming a commercial for Skechers shoes at Tucson Greyhound Park (TGP). Please join us in asking the company not to promote the cruelty of dog racing by using this footage.
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Greyhounds in the Classroom

The GREY2K USA Education Fund provides free educational materials, including posters, magnets and more for all participating students. Read more and see a sample lesson plan, supporting materials and PowerPoint presentation here.

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