Greyhound Quick facts

 

Injuries are not accidents. They are a predictable result of racing.



 

 

Dogs reach speeds of up to 60km per hour. Many races are 17 seconds long.





 

Hounds are confined in kennels, trailers and cages for much of their lives.



 

 

The industry have only recently started to keep numbers on how many dogs are injured or euthanised, but these figures are hidden from the public. 



 

 

Around 900 dogs are bred each year. The industry group Greyhounds as Pets finds homes for about 250 dogs nationally each year.

 

 

Greyhounds can live up to 12-14 years. They are naturally relaxed and enjoy a quiet life on the couch. 


 

 

Many other dogs disappear at around 3, 4 or 5 years of age, the top age for a racing dog.



 

 

Forty-three dogs were euthanised on the tracks in 2011 alone, and many more are unaccounted for. More recent figures are not released by the racing industry.