Greyhounds suffered 175 injuries while racing at Iowa’s two racetracks between January 2011 and July 2012, and 24 injured dogs had to be euthanized, according to a report from a national greyhound protection organization.
Broken legs were the most common reported injury over the 19-month period at the tracks in Council Bluffs and Dubuque, The Des Moines Register reported. Other common injuries were sprains, tears and other broken bones. The group says several dogs suffered more severe injuries, including a fractured skull and a broken neck.
The report was compiled from records gathered by Grey2K USA, based in Somerville, Mass., the country’s largest greyhound protection organization. The research found that the Council Bluffs track, which has races year-round, had 106 dog injuries. The Dubuque track, which offers races between April and October, had 69 injuries.
Carey Theil, the group’s executive director, said the report should prompt the Iowa Legislature to end greyhound racing in the state.
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