Over Easter weekend April 8 to 9, 2012 a hiker found 40 km south-east of Limerick, Ireland, an open mass grave with 7-8 greyhounds from the racetrack come.
An initial investigation by "Limerick Animal Welfare" shows that some cadavers were in a serious state of decomposition and there were also certainly two greyhounds dumped in it recently. It is suspected that there will be more skeletons, but the overgrown site needs clearing to allow further investigation.
Marion Fitzgibbon speaker of "The Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland (GRAI)" who visited the site recently said that two greyhounds were slain by a blow on the head.
We know that these greyhounds "Racers" are because they have tattoos in their ears perfectly legible.
GRAI the "Irish Greyhound Board", and "the Bord na gCon" have been called on to investigate the matter and find out why these dogs were slain.
The slaughter and dump in a public place certainly puts the Irish Greyhound Racing Industry in a bad light.
GRAI believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg because data from last year shows that there were an estimated 3,271 bitches bred from, with every 7 pups per litter.
Only 22,904 dogs were registered at the age of 12 months as a racer.
Considering that every year greyhounds stop running due to age or due to injury, we can assume that each year between 8,000 and 10,000 greyhounds disappear.
These dogs did not have to die says Marion Fitzgibbon. They are great pets and can have a long and happy life.
This illustrates that Irish greyhound breeders and trainers are as unsympathetic to the welfare of their dogs as the Spanish galgueros.