Grey­hound owner speaks out

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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