In September I asked you to sign and share a PETA petition to close a bloodbank in Texas where greyhounds were suffering unacceptable cruelty.
Breaking News from PETA.
Under pressure from PETA and people like you, it was announced on 27/10/2017 that The Pet Blood Bank, Inc., in Texas will transfer the dogs at the blood farm into adoption programs and that the business will close. At last, the dogs can get the care that they deserve as well as an opportunity to play, sleep soundly on a sofa, and go for walks.
At The Pet Blood Bank, about 150 greyhounds were exploited as nothing more than living blood bags. An eyewitness found these dogs, who were farmed for their blood, neurotically spinning in circles, jumping up and down, crying out, and hiding in jagged old chemical tanks that served as their only shelter. Many suffered from severe dental issues, infections, and sores and had no opportunity to do anything natural or remotely joyful.
Little Suri was picked up by Almohadillas Felices in May 2017 together with Oso a GSD mastin also only 3 months old. At the age of 3 months Suri was living in a horse stable tied down at his front leg and fought to get loose, that is why he had injured himself. He had an operation immediately and his damaged leg and ligaments have fully recovered.
He is in the care of Marcella, who says, 'Now look at him! He only get more gorgeous and magnificent by the day. This boy is absolutely stunning in every way. Happy, super affectionate with all creatures. Suri is such a funny boy too, our dream is that we find him a loving wonderful home. Please help us by sharing to groups, to friends and to family so that that special family will see him and fall in love.
I was horrified by a report on UK TV Countryfile giving the statistics for the number of incidents every week when sheep and cattle suffer dog attacks, largely caused by people walking on paths alongside grazing animals, through fields of grazing animals...with their dogs off leash! It's totally unacceptable and irresponsible of the owner. I have no problem about a farmer shooting a dog which is worrying his grazing livestock.
Everyone should remember that their dog, whatever breed or mix, is basically a domesticated wolf and as such will always have hunting instincts. This is much stronger in some dogs than others, of course, but nevertheless, no one should walk their dog off leash near grazing animals.
In 2010 I wrote about and took part in medical research into greyhounds and galgos being carried out by Dr Couto of Ohio State University. Dr Couto retired in 2013 but continues with his work through his website.
In this article he discusses the physiological peculiarities of the greyhound/galgo.