Greyhound Protection League

in Austin (central Texasarea):  Contact 888.842.4404 or 512.288.4480 & mention Greyhound named “Spirit of Texas” #8213 – if you have information about the abused greyhound.  

RESCUERS STRUGGLE TO SAVE ABUSED GREYHOUND  The Greyhound Protection League offers $5000 Reward for Information Leading to the Identity, Prosecution & Conviction of the abuser.  A starved, unneutered greyhound was found in a “coyote trap” on private property NW of Austin. Authorities were shocked at the dog’s condition. He was severely dehydrated & starved; equally alarming, his left ear had been crudely cut off.  Now that Spirit of Texas is beginning to stabilize advocates are turning their attention to the mystery behind his abuse. The Greyhound Protection League (GPL) a national greyhound advocacy organization is offering a $5000 reward for the identity, prosecution & conviction of the abuser.          GPL President, Susan Netboy explains significance of severed left ear: “Racing greyhounds are tattooed in both ears during the first months of life. Tattooing is mandatory for racing purposes & is the only reliable means of identification throughout the dog’s life. The right ear indicates the month, year & birth order. The tattoo in Spirit of Texas’ right ear indicates that he is two years old. If the left ear flap were present, it would identify the five-digit litter registration number issued by the National Greyhound Association, the organization that maintains the U.S. registry for racing greyhounds.”          “…someone went out of his way to ensure that this dog could not be identified. We are offering the reward money in hope of getting some answers & some justice for Spirit of Texas, but also because we are very concerned that there may be other greyhounds in peril. That’s why public awareness is so critical.”

 

If you have a “Yahoo” account, check out the $5,000 Reward Poster: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/austinrescue/photos/album/1334625094/pic/list           You can follow his recovery progress on our Facebook page (it takes a few minutes to load the greyhound “Spirit of Texas” information):   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greyhound-Rescue-Austin/117440466456?ref=ts

 

Greyhound Found in Coyote Trap   June 14, 2012     RESCUERS STRUGGLE TO SAVE ABUSED GREYHOUND The Greyhound Protection League Offers $5000 Reward for Information Leading to the Identity, Prosecution & Conviction of the Abuser Austin, Texas –    The call came into Greyhound Rescue Austin from a police officer on Sunday evening: a starved unneutered greyhound had been found in a “coyote trap” on private property Northwest of Austin. Authorities were shocked at the dog’scondition. He was severely dehydrated & starved; equally alarming, was the fact that his left ear had been crudely cut off.          Greyhound Rescue Austin volunteer, Marnie Reeder immediately got veterinary treatment for the debilitated dog & took over responsibility for his care. He is now in an Austin foster home where he is under veterinary supervision.         “When he came in to us, I really wasn’t sure that he would survive,” said Reeder. “He was so depressed, & he didn’t even have the strength to stand.     After several days of intense care, his vitality is returning, & we are cautiously hopeful. There are a lot of people pulling for him & that helps all of us.”         The greyhound has been named “Spirit of Texas” & #8213; a tribute to his great resilience.  Now that Spirit of Texas’ condition is beginning to stabilize, greyhound advocates are turning their attention to the mystery behind his abuse.     The Greyhound Protection League (GPL) a national greyhound advocacy organization is offering a $5000 reward for the identity, prosecution and conviction of the abuser.            GPL President, Susan Netboy explains the significance of the severed left ear: “Racing greyhounds are tattooed in both ears during the first months of life. Tattooing is mandatory for racing purposes and is the only reliable means of identification throughout the dog’s life. The right ear indicates the month, year & birth order. The tattoo in Spirit of Texas’ right earindicates that he is two years old. If the left ear flap were present, it would identify the five-digit litter registration number issued by the National Greyhound Association, the organization that maintains the U.S. registry for racing greyhounds.”      Both Netboy & Reeder have been rescuing greyhounds, following & investigating abuses in dog racing for several decades. So their thoughts about this abuse case lead them to remember the kill-truck runs & dog-farm shootings that were known to be a common way of disposing of unprofitable greyhounds in the past. Most notably, the 143 greyhound bodies found in the Phoenix area with their left ears cut off in 1992; the 60 greyhounds transported from a Florida dog trackand abandoned in East Texas in 1996; the greyhound tied to a tree & bludgeoned on a Texas dog farm in 2000 & the hundreds of greyhounds shot in the head in rural Alabama in 2002.            “Was Spirit of Texas a victim of greyhound killing operation gone wrong; a victim of the Texas coyote-hunting culture where greyhounds’ ears are commonly cut off to avoid identification,” questions Netboy. “We don’t know yet, but what is clear is that someone went out of his way to ensure that this dog could not be identified. We are offering the reward money in hope of getting some answers & some justice for Spirit of Texas, but also because we are very concerned that there may be other greyhounds in peril. That’s why public awareness is so critical.”      Netboy says that reward flyers will be available for posting & distribution in the near future.   Reeder says the case is under review by authorities. “We are counting on a rigorous & thorough investigation,” she said.

 

AUSTIN (KXAN) –   A starved greyhound — close to death   – is now on the road to recovery after being found in a coyote trap in an area northwest of Austin on Sunday.   His name is “Spirit of Texas,” an appropriate name for a greyhound determined to live after facing near death.      In his starved conditions he wouldn’t have lasted very long,” said Marine Reeder, a Greyhound Protection League volunteer.       When the property owner found the dog, he was extremely dehydrated & malnourished. The dog was nothing but skin & bones & near death.  They brought him in immediately, they didn’t even take him out of the trap.” said Reeder. “They wanted to get him help immediately, & it was wonderful what they did.”     They called the police & the police contacted the Greyhound Protection League, a non-profit organization that protects greyhounds.     Not only was Spirit of Texas emaciated, he also had several infected wounds, & his left ear was cut off. Every race dog has a registered number tattooed in its ear. When a greyhound is no longer profitable in racing, some owners will cut the ear off so they can’t be traced back.    Cutting the ear off is a way some breeders make sure he can’t be identified.  Reeder has been helping protect greyhounds for years & has seen her fair share of mistreatment.  We’re not a fan of the racing industry when things like this happen. The industry needs to be more responsible for what happens to the dogs after their done racing & no longer profitable.  With frequent small meals throughout the day, a few medications & a love from a caring foster family, Spirit of Texas is improving every day. The Greyhound Protection League is offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest & prosecution of the abuser.  Spirit of Texas will be up for adoption once he gets strong enough. If you think he would be a great addition to your family, you may visit the organization’s website for more information.   www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/greyhound-found-in-a-coyote-trap

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