Greyhound owner speaks out
SINCE ABC Four Corners’ eye-widening insight into the live-baiting scandal of the greyhound racing industry, Cannonvale resident Broc Casey said that other dog walkers had been noticeably more cautious and hesitant around her and retired racing dog Toby.
Ms Casey is on a mission to set the record straight about the breed of dog she loves so much.
“I was shocked when I saw the show myself, I’ve always been completely against the industry and was disgusted to learn that some of the top trainers in the industry were capable of imposing such inhumane methods,” she said.
She believes there has always been a stimga regarding greyhounds and that there will now be an even more overwhelming need for them to be re-homed as trainers lose their rights to keep the dogs due to the scandal unfolding.
Ms Casey found fouryear-old Toby on a greyhound rescue site called Gumtree Grey. “My passion for this breed grew when I become an owner because I have personally experienced their loving, gentle personality,” she said.
Typecasted and judged by its prey-driven nature, Ms Casey said that by fostering these dogs, you are giving them a chance at a proper life.
They are often described as the world’s fastest coach potato. “They have a quiet dignity and independence, the Greyhound is often linked to a cat,” she said. Ms Casey is adamant that greyhounds would make the per- fect pet in any situation whether it’s for a family or an elderly person, living in a house with a backyard or an apartment. “Once they have exploded into their powerful gallop for a short time, usually a 20 minute walk followed by a quick play, they are content to sleep for the rest of the day. They don’t require that much work.” Ms Casey said that close to 20,000 greyhounds are believed to be killed in Australia per year and those figures don’t include the dogs whose ears had been cut so their microchips could not be detected or legs broken so they couldn’t run for any other trainer.
MAN’S BEST FRIEND: Cannonvale resident Broc Casey with retired ex-racer Toby.