September 2008

As the atrocities to hounds in Spain continues with little sight of an end, another terrible story comes to light. This is news from Galgos In Not, a German organisation who rescues galgos from Spain.

A galgo was found to have petrol poured over it and burned alive!!!!! It sustained terrible burns to the head and feet and some of the body. The volunteers who found the poor hound called a vet who imediatley had the dog put to sleep. It was the kindest thing to do to end its terrible suffering.

Plesae take a look at their website for the full story but please be aware that the pictures of the dog are very upsetting. We have included one of the less shocking images here.


Swiss Valley Greyhound Rescue (SVGR) have happily informed us that all eleven of the dogs in the previous appeal now have rescue spaces to go to and are therefore safe. However, due to uncertainties in the status of the track, and whether it will be closing in the near future, there is now another long list of dogs needing rescue spaces. These dogs are NOT in immediate danger but SVGR are asking for help to find rescue spaces, foster and forever homes for these dogs. More dogs are likely to follow.

These are the available dogs, SVGR will add more dogs as and when they become available, their individual pictures are on their website,

Follow the Bear, 51/2 years old, black male
Ronnie, 17 months, black male
Cory’s Dream 41/2 years old, light brindle
Buddy, 31/2 years old, dark brindle
Black Jack, 2 years old, black male
Rooney, 31/2 years old, black and white male
Jobber, 3 years old, black male
Snowy, 4 years old, white and black male
Susie, 3 years old, blue brindle bitch
Beauty, 3 years old, ebony brindle bitch
Good Luck, 21/2 years old, brindle bitch
Goodnight, 21/2 years old, blue bitch
Miranda, 21/2 years old, blue bitch
Bluey, 2 year old, blue bitch.

If you would like to offer a foster place, to adopt or can provide a rescue place for one of these hounds PLEASE call
Angie on 01554 773136
or email

This is an urgent appeal from Swiss Valley Greyhound Rescue in Wales for 11 racing greyhounds needing rescue, foster or forever homes ASAP, the fate of these dogs is UNKNOWN. Please see the appeal below:

‘We at SVGR are overflowing but yesterday we had this list of dogs given to us, they are dogs that need to be taken out of Swansea track kennels asap or sooner, (before they disappear either to meet an untimely end or to be sold to be bred from or given to local lurcher lads) they are supposedly in priority order of the track managers need to have them gone

  1. Blue Babe 18 months to 2 years blue bitch not good with other track dogs.
  2. Beaming Lady 2 years old blue bitch, not good with other track dogs.
  3. Good Luck 21/2 year old brindle bitch
  4. Goodnight 21/2 year old blue bitch
  5. Cory’s Dream 4 year old brindle dog
  6. Beaming Snow 41/2 year old black and white dog
  7. Rob’s Black Jack 2 year old black dog very, very thin extra food hasn’t made a difference
  8. Jobber 31/2 to 4 year old blue dog
  9. Rob’s Legend 2 year old pretty fawn dog
  10. Black Prince 31/2 black dog
  11. Follow the Bear 51/2 year old black dog with white stripe down his face, has been kept so long just to fill the cards.

Is there anyone out there (individual or a rescue) who could find room for just one of these dogs, we are able to get these dogs neutered, vaccinated and micrchipped BUT we have no kennel spaces for them and we have no foster homes empty, these dogs are in real need, we are concerned that due to the decline in rehoming at the moment, that these dogs will be passed on to uncertain futures if we can’t get them out of the Swansea track kennels.
Can anyone help us ?’

Call Angie 01554 773136


Laura 01554 835396


We have just received news that the two male lurchers in a Kent pound, in danger of euthanisation earlier this week have now been saved and are on their way to rescue centres.

Thanks to all those who made this possible.

Updates to follow ­čÖé

A.S.A.P have just received this news alert from Greyhound Crusaders, saying worryingly that greyhound racing may be introduced at Swaffham raceway in Norfolk. This is the alert:

“Greyhound Crusaders/SWAP team UK have been asked by one of our supporters to look into the possible re-introduction of greyhound racing at Swaffham raceway in Norfolk.We have contacted the local councils and no planning applications relating to the article above have been received as of yet for the new stand at the the Downham Road base, however we have also contacted Swaffham raceway and they have confirmed that greyhound racing will be re-introduced at the stadium soon.

We of course know that the greyhound track is already in existence and may not need any further planning consent except for the one mentioned above, however, if a license is due to expire a new one will be needed and for this reason we are not taking any risks so we are urging all supporters to inundate and educate the councillors below at Swaffham Town Council and Breckland Council and strongly urge them not to pass any planning applications whatsoever for this stadium to re-introduce greyhound racing. We understand some of the equipment from the recent closure of the Walthamstow greyhound stadium has allegedly been purchased to supply the Swaffham track when it re-opens.”

Greyhound Crusaders are urging everyone to flood the Swaffham council with emails educating them to the abuse suffered by greyhounds in the racing industry and why they should not let racing to go ahead in their raceway. Please use the email addresses below and keep correspondance polite:

Councillors on email at Swaffham Council- (Mayor Of Swaffham and Chairman of Swaffham Council)

Enquiries dept at Swaffham Town Council-

Main email to the Breckland council-

A news article in the Lynn News describes how “The idea is to make the stadium family-friendly and attract some of the best dogs from all over the country. I really think the greyhounds will take off. It’s the biggest and safest track in the country, compared to the Mildenhall, Yarmouth and Peterborough tracks which are very tight. Kirby has already spent ┬ú60,000 on a new greyhound track.”

The track owner also said “We’ve had Derby runners and some of the top dogs from all over the country here before and I see no reason why we can’t attract them again.”

Formerly known as coursing, the first official coursing meeting was held at Swaffham back in 1776. The rules of the Swaffham Coursing Society specified that only two greyhounds were to course a single hare and that the hare was to be given a head start of 240 yards. Kirby plans to host two greyhound meetings a week at the Swaffham venue.

Please click here to read the rest of the article


From Greyhound Action Scotland

“Greyhound Action Scotland have organised an event at Shawfield Stadium, Rutherglen on 20th september to highlight conditions within the Greyhound racing industry.

Greyhound racing is widely seen as innocent entertainment but investigations into the sport have uncovered evidence of cruelty, neglect and widespread slaughter of dogs involved.

1World Scotland Convenor John Patrick, himself a Rutherglen resident stated “We fully support Greyhound Action Scotland’s campaign. With thousands of healthy dogs being killed each year because they don’t make the grade and the horrific injuries sustained during events greyhound racing in Scotland is a major animal welfare issue which is consistently being ignored. We’ve been shown evidence of dogs being killed by methods such as hammer blows and injection with chemicals like bleach,┬ásome of the dogs found┬ádead or abandoned each year┬áhave been traced back to Shawfield through their tattoos. The bottom line with some trainers is that if the dogs aren’t going to make them money then they’re surplus to requirements.”

He added “Glasgow City Council have supported Shawfield in the past claiming the venue and the sport to be of cultural and historic significance to the city. We say that if Glasgow residents were aware of the real picture they would disagree. With the scant affordable recreational and sporting facilities in Rutherglen especially for youngsters i’m sure the powers that be could encourage a better and more positive use for the stadium.””

There are a large number of puppies at the Jerez de La Frontera dog pound in Spain, all are on DEATH ROW and will be euthanised if safe places cant be found for them ­čśŽ

These are just some of the pups. PLease take a look at the “Urgent appeals” page for more details.

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