Protecting the dogs

I AM writing in response to your article, Thank goodness there’s racing on Friday, published on April 27.

It is disappointing to read of family celebrations occurring at a dog track as greyhounds race and face potential risks.

Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. The greyhounds endure lives of nearly endless confinement in sub-standard conditions.

While racing, they suffer broken legs, broken necks, paralysis and death by cardiac arrest.

Short-term investments, even the fastest greyhounds are valued only as long as they generate a profit.

Their post-racing fate falls to volunteer groups that work tirelessly to rescue and place for adoption as many greyhounds as they can.

Yet, according to the RSPCA, United Kingdom greyhounds that are injured or are not fast enough disappear at the rate of 20 per day.

Dogs play an important role in our lives and deserve to be protected from industries that cause them harm.

I have personally adopted gentle, beloved ex-racing greyhounds since 1997, and I am a board member of GREY2K USA, a national non-profit organization that works to end the cruelty of dog racing. For more information, please visit www.grey2kusa.org.

Caryn Wood,

Board of Directors,

GREY2K USA.