As seen in official Victorian stewards’ reports.
- Total injuries: 347
- Major injuries: 53
including Life-threatening injuries 33
These are the highest monthly numbers for 2020
- Deaths: 1
Saint Burner – killed with a fractured radius/ulna at Shepparton on 8 August
Note that 16 greyhounds sustained fractured bones, with stand-down periods of 60 or 90 days. We have to ensure these dogs don’t “disappear”.
- Falls: 63 greyhounds fell during races.
1 died, many were injured. Seven falls occurred at one race meeting at The Meadows. The race videos of falls are disturbing.
- Most injuries
Scenes from the tracks:
- Three greyhounds showed signs of Post Exercise Distress Syndrome (PEDS), with one dog showing signs of Ataxia/Hypermetria (loss of bodily control). A racing vet has described PEDS as “a group of poorly understood non-orthopaedic conditions”. These conditions can be classed as PEDS: diaphragmatic flutter (DF), ataxia (EIA), seizure, collapse and sudden death.
- Greyhound Hartland Gus was removed with flea infestation.
- One trainer withdrew seven greyhounds with injury at a Warrnambool race meeting – stewards are investigating.
- Numerous trainers were questioned over the racing frequency of multiple greyhounds. Some of these greyhounds were then injured during racing. But these trainers are questioned throughout the year – will the stewards take action?
- One greyhound jumped over the running rail and ran across the in-field to the parked lure.
- Several dogs were injured in “incidents” in the catching pen.
- One dog with dehydration was removed by the vet.
- Greyhound You Tell Me sustained a fractured metatarsal and abdominal bruising – 90 day stand-down.