Remembering Rusty two years on
NEXT WEEKEND (29/30 April) Greyhound welfare campaigners will gather throughout the country in a series of events to remember the death of an unwanted racing Greyhound named Rusty, and to focus attention on the campaign against Greyhound racing.
Two years ago, on Sunday, May 2nd 2004, a black male greyhound (later found to have been called Rusty) was discovered by a dog walker, who heard him whimpering in agony in a rubbish tip on Fochriw Mountain in the Rhymney Valley, South Wales.
Rusty had been injured in several ways, including being shot in the head with a captive-bolt pistol, and his ears had been hacked off because they contained official tattoos that could identify him.
Despite this appalling torture, Rusty was still alive - and wagging his tail - but his injuries were so extensive that he was later put to sleep by a vet.
Later that year, at Caerphilly Magistrates Court, greyhound ‘executioner’ Andrew Gough was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for torturing Rusty and banned from keeping animals for life.
It emerged during Gough's trial that Rusty's owner and trainer had handed him over to Gough to kill, after a toe injury had ended the greyhound's racing career.
On April 29th - 30th, to mark the second anniversary of his suffering and death, Greyhound Action will be holding a Remembering Rusty Weekend, in memory of Rusty and of all the other dogs who have suffered and died at the hands of unscrupulous individuals like Gough within the greyhound racing industry.
It is hoped that Greyhound Action supporters throughout the country will organise/take part in street stalls, demos outside greyhound tracks etc. to mark Remembering Rusty Weekend by persuading the public to boycott greyhound racing.
l If you are interested in organising an event in your local area for Remembering Rusty Weekend, please contact Greyhound Action as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01562 745778, who will send out leaflets, posters and other campaign materials and give you advice regarding contacting the media etc.