Discussion in 'Four Corners' started by Parra, Jul 7, 2016.
Kind a like John West
Looks like 12 more were going to join them shortly
Mass greyhound grave found at Sydney property, a dozen emaciated dogs seized
By Brooke Wylie
Updated 2 minutes ago
PHOTO: One of the 12 emaciated and sick greyhounds seized from a registered dog trainer. (Supplied: RSPCA)
The RSPCA has uncovered a mass grave containing the remains of nine greyhounds on the western Sydney property of a licensed trainer.
WARNING: This story contains a graphic image of dog carcasses in a grave.
Twelve other greyhounds were removed from the property suffering emaciation, with parasites, pressure sores and severe dental disease.
RSPCA NSW chief executive Steve Coleman said a detailed autopsy would be performed on the dead animals to help decide about prosecution.
"What we came across was quite grisly," he told ABC Radio Sydney.
"You can just imagine trying to literally dig out with a shovel a number of greyhounds that had died, allegedly in the last 12 months or so."
The remains were discovered after a tipoff to inspectors on July 3.
Officers initially seized nine dogs and left detailed veterinary instructions in relation to the remaining three, however those animals were also surrendered when the instructions were ignored.
Racing Minister Paul Toole said in a statement the allegations were "extremely serious".
"There is zero tolerance for such abhorrent behaviour and those who engage in it can expect to be removed from the industry and face criminal prosecution."
The discovery comes two years after the then Baird government introduced a ban on the greyhound racing industry, before backflipping a few months later.
A spokesman for the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission said it was also providing support to the probe.
Animal rights organisation PETA condemned the discovery and said the industry has had plenty of opportunities to implement reform.
"This most recent investigation confirms that the battle against the abuse of animals for entertainment and financial gain continues," spokeswoman Emma Hurst said.
PHOTO: Nine dead dogs uncovered by RSPCA inspectors at the western Sydney property of a licensed trainer. (Supplied: RSPCA)
Sick dogs recovering, could be rehomed
Mr Coleman said the 12 sick dogs were responding well to treatment, but described their recovery as "a slow process".
"There's almost a sixth sense with them, that they understand they're being treated properly and with care — and they respond accordingly," he said.
However, he warned it can be difficult to rehome a greyhound depending on each animal's racing background.
"To make the transition into someone's home is not easy, it's certainly not impossible."
The case is the first instance of alleged animal cruelty since the greyhound racing ban was overturned.
NSW became the first state to ban greyhound racing in 2016 after a Four Corners investigation that uncovered shocking instances of live baiting and animal cruelty.
A government inquiry found overwhelming evidence of systemic animal cruelty, including mass killings.
The industry fought the ban, arguing innocent trainers would lose their livelihoods.
In October 2016, then-premier Mike Baird reversed the ban, claiming the majority of the community wanted the industry to have a second chance.
The controversial move was considered a watershed moment and was later followed by other smaller policy backdowns.
The NSW Opposition, who put up a huge fight against Mr Baird's ban, today told the Government to act.
"We have always said there should be no quarter given to those who break the rules," Acting Opposition Leader Michael Daley said.
"Those people in the industry who break the rules should be thrown out of the industry and face prosecution under the law.
"The Government should investigate these current allegations as a matter of urgency."
Mr Baird announced his shock resignation from politics in early 2017, saying he wanted to spend time with his family.
He had suffered a sharp drop in his approval rating following the greyhound racing ban and backflip, lockout laws and council amalgamations.
Topics: animal-welfare, crime, law-crime-and-justice, sydney-2000
First posted about 2 hours ago
The doggos that hipsters reject
I think the term “mass grave” is a bit of an emotive term.
It’s not like we have pet cemeteries with nice individual plots, tombstones, etc. dogs are either mass cremated, mass buried, or just mass disposed of.
I’m saying that, obviously it would still be prudent to investigate and make sure these dogs weren’t killed inhumanely
Given the state of the live dogs they found I think you can rule any particularly humane end out of the equation.
Yeah missed the follow up article posted above. Hopefully some serious animal cruelty charges coming up.
oh my god those poor things
The property of a licenced registered greyhound trainer.
It would appear they greyhound racing stewards are incapable of doing their job.
Well if they are incappabke of doing their jobs maybe Baird was right banning the f**king thing....
Didn’t Baird overturn the ban under strict conditions that animal cruelty (such as this) wouldn’t be tolerated and that the Government would consider the ban again if trainers were found to be abusing the dogs?
Anyone would think they were carting them in by the railcar to be gassed
The list of things that upset rightards these days is ever increasing.
Lost the plot...
Grabs the attention of the potential reader however. Clicks clicks clicks.
How many would constitute “mass”?
Isolated incident, good people etc*
Factory of animal serial killers found in western Sydney - listen to our chilling interview with ring leader describing his “slaughter house”
We can only hope so.
I can't stand the sob stories for the poor souls who make a living from the animal cruelty trade.
"If I can't breed greyhounds solely to race then flog them off to the knackers yard once they're done, what will I feed the kids?"
The same people that defend them probably get outraged by dog meat farms.
They are incapable because the racing industry has been historically full of people who are there out of a jobs for mates setup
The stewards almost need to be scientists or people with an investigative back ground, not Cyril who worked in the industry
External blood is needed.
Separate names with a comma.