|Greyhound Protection League
GREYHOUND RACE DOGS DIE IN ALABAMA HAULING ACCIDENT
Apr 27, 2007 -
Greyhound Protection League Calls for Nationwide Regulation of Greyhound Hauling Rigs
Gadsden, Alabama – An early morning hauling vehicle accident took the lives of four racing greyhounds and jeopardized the lives of seven others that are currently running at large. The vehicle was traveling on I-59 just south of Gadsden with dozens of greyhounds doubled up in crates that open to the outside of the vehicle. The crate doors apparently popped open from the force of the impact, allowing the dogs to jump out of the crates and on to the roadway.
“The terror and trauma that these animals experience is incalculable,” said Susan Netboy, President of the Greyhound Protection League (GPL), a national greyhound welfare organization. “Greyhound hauling vehicles are notoriously dangerous and when something goes wrong, it’s disastrous for the dogs.”
Netboy points out that there have been a series of tragic hauling incidents in recent years, and adds that these are just the ones that have been documented:
• On January 11, 2007, dozens of greyhounds were injured and three killed along with the driver who fell asleep near Davenport, Iowa.
GPL contends that the problem is most often attributable to driver fatigue, substandard vehicle construction and poor maintenance. “Greyhounds are constantly on the road in all types of rundown hauling vehicles; yet, regulation and safety inspection of hauling rigs is non-existent.
The racing industry continues to dismiss the suffering and the loss of life as accidental. It’s high time that they get serious about protecting the lives of the innocent animals that put millions of dollars in their pockets.”