Halt of greyhound racing rallies San Diego-area animal rescue groups

By | April 12, 2020

The brief closing of Tijuana’s 365-day-a-12 months greyhound racing operation because of the call for for social distancing has rallied nearby animal rescue businesses.

The Helen Woodward Animal middle, which runs a force-through puppy meals (and human meals) giveaway for local families in need, dispatched three hundred pounds of canine meals to the kennels of the furloughed racing puppies at the Caliente tune this week via Operation Greyhound.

Greyhound rescue businesses have jumped into action because of fear that older dogs, who hit their racing peak at age four or 5, could be retired early due to the closure and an unsure re-starting date that hinges on the pandemic and Mexican authorities.

Operation Greyhound crossed the border to retrieve 10 puppies for adoption on Wednesday and plans to pick out up numerous greater next week, says volunteer Valerie Due.

The group has had a long courting with kennel operators, every six weeks or so choosing up racing retirees, young greyhounds who flunk out and people with profession-finishing injuries. Due says an proprietor/teacher recently contacted the rescue institution’s founder to express situation about having sufficient meals for the loads of dogs that are inside the kennels with out a racing profits.

Pix of the brand new arrivals had been published on the nonprofit’s fb page along side a post: “Those puppies have been so much a laugh nowadays. All have been tail wagging satisfied, kissy hounds. Each one in every of them has an terrific character!”

The group included 3 top racers who have been given nicknames: Ronda, a veteran of 450 races; Dagmar (named after KNSD-tv weather anchor Dagmar Mitcap), with 354 races, and Jill, who competed 361 instances.

Different greyhound rescue companies, along with Fastfriends in L.A. County, grey save in Chino and the Greyhound Adoption middle in El Cajon are also preparing to assist.

“We’re going to carry in seven puppies on Saturday (today) and seven, or greater, next Saturday,” says Joyce McRorie, of Fastfriends. Rescue efforts have been stalled due to confusion over whether or not puppy rescue became taken into consideration an crucial enterprise for crossing the border. The achievement of Operation Greyhound this week, but, has given different rescue groups a inexperienced light.

There is also an influx of greyhounds from racetracks in Florida, wherein electorate had banned greyhound racing via the cease of this year. Tracks had been closing on a staggered schedule to keep away from putting heaps of dogs simultaneously on the adoption marketplace — till the coronavirus made all of the tracks near right now.

As for 300 kilos of meals, I’m informed that will feed about 40 greyhounds for a week.