The IGB’s news website “Hot Gossip” describes the injury of 3 year old black male greyhound OAKLEAF TOM on Monday this week. However we wonder where he is now??? The IGB report doesn’t confirm if Tom was put down as a result of his injury or what his fate will be now.

A broken hock, although putting an end to his career, is a treatable injury and he could be retired and rehomed with little problem (assuming he is still alive!).

The IGB reports on the accident:

“It was a sad occasion when classy tracker Oakleaf Tom broke a hock when contesting the Eurobeat.ie 575 at Galway on Sunday.

Strongly supported for the open contest, Oakleaf Tom appeared to check halfway down the back and then shuddered to a halt in distress on the final bend. It was immediately apparent that the dog had sustained a very serious injury and this was later confirmed by trainer Eddie Dunne.

The son of Hondo Black and Michaelas Wish had won ten of his 30 races and had also claimed a big number of noted scalps during an unfortunately brief career. He had contested at the highest level with distinction and it was a bad blow for Longford trainer Dunne and the Paddys Day Syndicate.

But the person who took it worst of all was surely Rory Flaherty, assistant to Dunne, who had led out the dog. Young Rory has become a very recognisable figure on the tracks, particularly at the weekends, and is a vital cog in the Dunne operation. The St Mel’s College student was very upset following the dog’s career-ending injury but he will hopefully be handling many more very useful trackers in the weeks and months ahead.”

Its a shame the report concentrates more on how Rory Flaherty would recover from the accident, rather than the dog :(

Earlier this month the Irish Greyhound Board were issued a warning by Univeristy College Dublin about a neurological problem thattheyhave identified in greyhounds recently.

The IGB reports: “A neurological condition of greyhounds has been observed at University College Dublin (UCD) and they are seeking assistance from the greyhound community. The following statement has been issued:

“Greyhound meningoencephalitis occurs in young dogs and often affects multiple littermates. The signs vary in severity and type, and include any combination of dullness, head tilt, staggering, circling, blindness, aggression and vocalization.

“The number of confirmed cases has remained constant for several years, indicating that this condition continues to be a significant problem. We are currently investigating potential causes of the disorder and would appreciate your help in identifying cases. If you have a greyhound with consistent signs, we would be grateful if you could contact us, in confidence, at the numbers or emails listed below. Individual cases can be discussed, and if warranted, further investigations performed at a reduced fee”

If this is the same as the disease affecting Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, then this is seriously worrying for greyhounds.

Horatio is a 7 year old lurcher in the care of Cleadon Kennels, Sunderland. He has been at the rescue since April and keeps getting overlooked. Could you give Horatio the homes he craves??

The Sunderland Echo tells his story:


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Horatio

“Horatio may not be the most handsome pooch in the pound, but he’s certainly the friendliest.

The six-year-old lurcher has been overlooked by visitors since he came to the kennels in April, but Sarah says they are missing out.

“He’s not the most handsome dog and he would not be any good for a family with any other animals, but he’s fabulous with people.

“No one wants lurchers because they think they need loads of exercise, but that’s a misconception.”

Horatio was found wandering the streets in Sulgrave, Washington, and just wants to be fussed over.”

Deerness Kennels greyhound rescue are appealing for a very special home for Stevie, a blind lurcher who they rescued recently. This boy needs and deserves a very special home, read his story from the Northern Echo:

Stevie Wonder, who is at Deerness Kennels, near Durham, but is hoping for a home

“Dog handlers at Deerness Kennels, in Langley Moor, County Durham, are caring for the two-year-old black lurcher after he was found abandoned, and are hoping Stevie’s disability will not deter potential owners. Despite his blindness, kennels staff are hoping to find a loving home for him as soon as possible.

Stevie arrived at Deerness at the end of last month after council dog wardens picked him up, and he remained unclaimed by his owners after seven days. Despite his blindness, staff said Stevie is very able to get about using his sense of smell and whiskers, although he does occasionally bump into things.

They are hoping he might find a home where there is already a dog, so a sighted canine companion can act as a guide to a blind dog.

Linda Forsythe, who owns the kennels, said: “He obviously can’t see anything, but finds his way around his kennel well. Dogs have a terrific sense of smell – which is much better than yours or mine – which is why a lot of dogs can adapt. He does occasionally bump into things, but this is not often.

“He is a beautiful- looking dog and loves other dogs, so going to a home that already has other dogs would not be a problem. He is such a loving dog with a wonderful, gentle personality. It would be great if someone could foster him, or better still, offer him a loving home before Christmas.”

To help, call 0191-378-0439.”

To read the full article click here: LINK

Lurcher Hope was found wandering the streets of Ohio. Apart from her obvious starvation she was suffering from heart worms and other problems which would have lead to her being put to sleep if local people hadn’t have rallied around to fund her medication and care.

Hope

The Lima Ohio reports: “By the time the police found Hope wandering down Beech Street, she was already 25 to 30 pounds underweight.

“She was starving,” Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said. “Her hips, you can see the ball and socket. I mean, she was in extremely bad shape.”

Bailey took the greyhound mix to a veterinarian thinking she might be too malnourished to save. As it turned out, weight was the least of her problems.

“She tested positive for heartworms and at that point we were going to keep her the three days and schedule her for euthanization,” Bailey said.

Heartworm treatments are expensive, and without the funds, it seemed as if Hope’s fate was sealed. But after a local pet boutique owner put up a photo of Hope, St. Marys residents started donating money to save her.

“Donations started coming in to the Mercer (County Animal Protection League),” Bailey said. “Next thing I know, we’ve got enough money to cover the heartworm treatment and then Jamie called and said she wanted to foster the dog.

“It was a pretty amazing series of events.”

Hope’s savior is Jamie Dillinger, a Lima resident who provides care to dogs, nursing them back to health and training them before finding them homes.

“When I think about how Hope was neglected, it honestly makes me sick to my stomach,” Dillinger said. “I mean, to see an animal that has no choice of being brought into the world, no choice of where they live or how they’re cared for and yet still remains a loyal companion is just really horrible.”

To read the full article click here: LINK

Good luck Hope for your recovery and finding a new home :)

Support for a greyhound rescue in Queensland Australia has lead to a change in the law stating that theyhave to be muzzled in public. From July 2009 rescued greyhounds in Queensland will be able to walk their dogs without a muzzle :)

Queensland Times: “As the proud owner of greyhounds Goldie and Leo, Booval resident Kirsty O’Brien is looking forward to the day she can take her pets out in public without a muzzle. The Greyhound Adoption Program of Queensland (GAP) co-ordinator has welcomed the abolishing of mandatory muzzling for GAP greyhounds in public.

The changes became official through the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, which was passed in State Parliament on December 3, with the changes to roll out across the State starting in south-east Queensland. From July 1 next year, Ipswich owners will be able to enjoy walking their GAP dogs without a muzzle.

“The ability to have our dogs out in public unmuzzled means people won’t be frightened of our dogs in the street and won’t have a false impression that they are aggressive or snappy dogs,” Ms O’Brien said.

“We’ve been working on it for years.

“The moment a lot of people see the muzzle they cross the road or assume the dog has been declared dangerous.

“It makes it hard to win new fans with the dogs in muzzles.”

Ms O’Brien said the dogs were friendly, sociable dogs who really lacked the guarding instinct and loved lazing around.

“Ipswich has a huge racing community and the dogs are becoming increasingly popular as pets,” she said.

“A lot of people assume the worst about the greyhound and it has been a big process to convince people as to the true nature of the breed.”

To read the full articel click here: LINK

An Irish “rescue” which was accused of animal cruelty earlier this year has lost an appeal against a 6 month suspended jail sentence and a ban from ever owning dogs again. A sad case of someone starting out with the best of intentions and quickly running into difficulties, ending in the suffering of the animals being rescued :(

The Irish Times reports:

“Dogs that were in the care of Cassidy Sinclair, seen here among old butcher’s bones and excrement. Many of the animals had gaping and infected bite wounds in their flesh.

A woman who ran a dog rescue centre has been given a six-month suspended jail sentence after her appeal against a conviction for cruelty to more than 40 animals failed. Cassidy Sinclair (50) was banned from ever owning a dog again after a court heard she had kept “rescued” dogs in a 6in deep “slurry mixture” of their own excrement and urine.

David Fagan, a vet who treated dogs seized from Ms Sinclair’s house by gardaí, said many of the animals had “gaping and infected bite wounds in their flesh”.

He said the dogs were “wallowing in their own excrement” and that these conditions had caused “unnecessary suffering” to the animals.

Ms Sinclair, Derrykearn, Abbeyleix, Co Laois, was convicted in May this year of cruelty to dogs at her rented home. Her appeal against the conviction was dismissed at Portlaoise Circuit Court this week by Judge Anthony Kennedy, who said the dogs had suffered “appalling cruelty”.

Sgt John Malone, of Abbeyleix Garda station, said the smell of dog faeces and urine inside Ms Sinclair’s house had made his “stomach churn and eyes water”. He said there was a 2ft high pile of dog faeces in the kitchen and “animal bones scattered all over the floor”.

Brendan Hughes, animal welfare inspector with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said he called to Ms Sinclair’s house on March 12th this year. He said he found 20 dogs living in a compound measuring 20ft by 30ft and that there were also dogs living in “horrific conditions” inside Ms Sinclair’s house.

He said the dogs were fed butchers’ bones, which were scattered around the yard amongst a thick layer of dog excrement and urine. Mr Hughes said he returned to the house the following day accompanied by gardaí and a vet and seized 27 dogs. A further 19 dogs were seized in follow up searches of the property.

Ms Sinclair told the court she had been rescuing dogs at the address for two years but that the “situation had exploded” and that people were leaving dogs at her gate. Judge Kennedy said he “utterly rejected” Ms Sinclair’s evidence and said it was no wonder she had been barred for life by the District Court from owning dogs. He dismissed her appeal and applied a six-month suspended prison sentence to the life ban.”

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