With so many dogs killed every year, it’s not surprising that stories are surfacing about the assorted and unwholesome demise of these unwanted animals. One submission to the state Government inquiry requested an investigation into “the practice of trainers throwing dogs from a lookout point at Cunninghams Gap on the way back from the Toowoomba races”.
Registered greyhounds can be identified by tattoos in their ears. SMH reports that industry insiders say it’s common for dumped and discarded dogs to be found with their ears cut off ”so you can’t tell who owned them previously”.
A licensed greyhound trainer has been charged after 55 carcasses in varying states of decomposition were discovered in bush near Bundaberg. Spent rifle cartridges were found near the scene. Similar stories have been reported elsewhere.
Among inquiry submissions from more than 300 owners, trainers and volunteer rescuers were horrific claims that unwanted greyhounds were being hung, bashed, drowned, electrocuted, and sold as ‘bait dogs’ to dog fighting rings.
Another unsettling discovery made by the taskforce was that children as young as 11 have been actively involved in live baiting, alongside their parents.
This week, Steve Hawkins — former Chair of Greyhounds Australasia’s Welfare Working Party — admitted that not only had he known about live baiting prior to the Four Corners exposé, but that: