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Greyhound with Broken Leg Denied Veterinary Care

Greyhound with Broken Leg Denied Veterinary Care

In June, the Charleston Daily Mail reported that assistant greyhound trainer James Grace had his state license revoked after a greyhound named Kiowa Dutch Girl suffered a broken leg and was denied veterinary care. The newspaper’s story was based in part on information from GREY2K USA.

We are grateful that the Daily Mail shed light on this case, and also that the West Virginia Racing Commission took action against Grace and another individual. However, this should not be the end of the story. After examining the full case file, it’s clear that Grace should also be charged under the state law against cruelty to animals.

In a sworn statement to state regulators, Grace admitted that he made the decision to not provide Dutch Girl with veterinary care. Incredibly, he tried to rationalize his poor choice by claiming that he was doing the best thing for Dutch Girl, and said that he has seen many other injured greyhounds be denied treatment:

“I know the dog owner, Kay Smith who owns a lot of dogs, and Bob Mackey the kennel owner, or the GPA wouldn’t pay for the surgery … I’ve been working with greyhounds for 35 years and I’ve seen many breaks over the years where dogs were not taken to the vet and they healed naturally and given away as pets.

Meanwhile, Dutch Girl suffered for at least three days before state officials intervened. According to a sworn statement from a witness:

“The whole rear (right) leg was swollen, she couldn’t even get out of the cage. I had to lift her up and carry her out to go to the bathroom, and when her leg touched the floor she cried, and she was constantly panting as if she was exhausted.”

West Virginia law states that it is illegal to intentionally withhold “medical treatment, necessary to sustain normal health and fitness or to end the suffering of any animal.” In the coming weeks, we will encourage the proper authorities to investigate this case and take further action. All individuals who willfully neglect greyhounds must be held accountable in a court of law.

Join GREY2K USA in their fight to end dog racing to ensure this cruelty cannot continue.


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12:51PM PST on Dec 13, 2013

James Grace how about we break your leg and see how good it heals on its oun,scum bag,the big difference here is no one would want you as a pet.

7:25PM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Animal racing is a cruel sport.

6:19AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

thanks for sharing

5:00AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

I am not a proponent of any sport in which animals are used in any way. Including racing, hunting and bull running. Animals are not our servants nor shoud we treat them as such. If they choose to behave in certain manner that is instinctual and accompany a human dine but otherwise stop using them to serve man.

12:51AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

All animal racing is cruel and should be stopped.If somebody has a lisence to keep animals,they should be also responsible for the animals and their health.Severe punishments to everyone who does not do this and lisences revoked.These people are only interested in money and gambling.How can people be so cruel as not to treat an injured dog, I just can not understand.

6:55AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Shameful.................this a$$hole needs to be "put down". Agree 1000% with Lawrence T's post. Green star coming to you.

6:07PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

I want to join GREY2K USA in their fight to end dog racing to ensure this cruelty cannot continue.

3:08AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

The way it was hurt was bad enough but not to have any treatment nor to have anything for pain. Is there karma? In this case maybe he needs to learn the hard way.

10:50PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

am happy this girl is getting treatment now.. thank you.

10:47AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Yes, shame on him.

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