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Vet approached to ‘mutilate’ Greyhounds

IRISH GREYHOUND trainers have approached vets in Co Galway to ‘mutilate’ their dogs in a bid to get them to run faster. Greyhound racing has long been the subject of much controversy in Ireland.

Last week a vet from Tuam contacted the media to hit out at trainers who wanted to ‘mutilate’ their dogs. The Tuam vet, who wished to remain anonymous, told Galway First news that greyhound trainers has approached him twice over the last year in a bid to have him to remove the floating rib from a greyhound and thus improve its racing performance.

The floating rib is the unattached and back rib on a greyhound. The vet said, ‘The last rib was showing, but that’s nothing unusual and it wasn’t doing the dog any harm. I’d regard what the trainers were asking me to do as mutilation of the dog.’

Margaret O’Sullivan, PRO of the Galway Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, called on anyone involved in the greyhound industry to ensure that this type of practice is stopped immediately.

‘We know certain things go on in the Greyhound industry,’ she said, ‘And we would ask members of the greyhound racing community to do what they can to put a stop to practices like this. We’d also call on vets everywhere to not carry out procedures like this.’