For greyhounds it is not always a perfect ending

IN RESPONSE to Lord Lipsey's letter (Express, June 26) I must question his actual hands-on knowledge of the society.

As a member, and a previous owner of a fantastic retired greyhound that I acquired straight from a kennel in Manchester, near to the Belle Vue track, I feel I must highlight the fact that contrary to Lord Lipsey's comments, most greyhounds, unfortunately, do NOT live out the rest of their lives as happy retired pets.

Maybe from the statistics he has, they do, but do his figures actually take into account the poor dogs that have given their all, and are discarded before they even make it to the Greyhound Rescue or such charities? Or does it simply contain the facts on the numbers of dogs that come though their records?

What happens to the dogs that are tortured, or abused, or even abandoned, without the Greyhound Rescue's knowledge?

What of the dogs that have their ears severed in order to prevent identification, or those just allowed to run free, or those that are thrown from car windows on when they have exceeded their usage? Not to mention the poor animals that are shot and buried – or worse – without anyone's knowledge or intervention?

I really must contest Lord Lipsey's view and highlight the plight of these wonderful creatures to the readers.

They make fantastic pets that will suit families through to the retired, and need little exercise, but demand a comfy bed. Never could you wish to own a more gentle and caring dog than a greyhound.

Please acknowledge that not enough is done to protect these wonderful dogs that race their hearts out for little or no reward, only to be discarded like a piece of rubbish when they reach an age no longer acceptable in the racing world.

Rescue a greyhound today, you will never regret it.

Steve Bennett

Mill Lane

Warton

Sad truth of ex-race dogs

LORD Lipsey says your article about ex-racing greyhounds was "offensive" and claims most greyhounds live our a happy retirement.

Well, here are some facts for him:

Friends of mine have an ex-racing greyhound who was abandoned on the M62. He has scars on his head and was stabbed in the eye.

When he first came to them, he would cower, back away and wet himself when people approached him or made a noise.

He also suffered fits.

Nothing could be proved against the previous owner, who claimed he had given him to a man in a pub whose name he couldn't remember.

This is a fact, Lord Lipsey.

They have another dog who was kept in a shed for 10 years, deprived of exercise and company and receiving no medical care. Fact, Lord Lipsey.

Another was rescued by an animal charity, along with her parents and litter-mates. All were malnourished and suffering from sarcoptic mange. Fact, Lord Lipsey.

Sadly, these are not isolated cases. There are many well-documented instances of greyhounds being dumped, abused, neglected, mutilated or just killed when they are no longer any use for racing.

Of course, some owners treat their racing dogs well, but far too many are cruel of neglectful.

All praise to the Express for bringing these facts to the public's attention and let's do all we can to help greyhounds find good homes.

A Bacon

St Annes

Lord needs to get facts right

WE all know that Lord Lipsey is chairman of the greyhound racing board.

But he appears to always have his head stuck in the sand when it comes to acknowledging the plight of retired racing greyhounds.

Ask him why there are so many rescue centres struggling with the influx of homeless greyhounds if his figures are correct?

He says many get sent back to Ireland. What fate awaits them there?

For him, it is a question of out of sight, out of mind.

Edwina Blake-Will

By e-mail

Hound cruelty is on internet

I AM replying to the response by Lord Lipsey regarding the excellent article by Gordon McCully and Karen Evans in the Express.

The article highlighted the tremendous work of Peta Rain and her colleagues who help re-home retired racing greyhounds.

What I do know is that since adopting my retired greyhound less than nine months ago and delving further into her history and the plight of other greyhounds, I have discovered an abysmal world of abuse and lack of welfare for this gentle creature. Before adopting my greyhound, I looked on the internet for rescue centres. I was amazed at the amount of greyhound rescues, as these good people would not be needed if there were not an enormous amount of greyhounds that needing rescuing.

I offer a challenge to Lord Lipsey. Please do some genuine research on the internet and join the greyhound forums, full of kind people who help or run these rescues. Find the true facts and then decide where the truth lies.

If he cannot sort out their welfare after that, I suggest he stands aside.

Name and address supplied

Club day was not that sunny

I HAVE just been reading about Freckleton Club Day in your paper (Express, June 26).

I wish I had been at the event described, instead of the washout it was.

The adult sports and the procession to the Bush Lane playing fields in the afternoon never happened due to the torrential rain, which ruined the whole weekend for all the children and adults who worked all year for this day.

Cath Lancaster

Bush Lane

Freckleton

Red Cross is real lifesaver

ONE year ago a series of unprecedented and devastating floods swept across the country.

The British Red Cross immediately sprang into action and over 900 of our staff and volunteers took part in the response. They assisted local authorities, supported the emergency services, and provided emergency goods and bedding.

Once again, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the British public and the British Red Cross National Floods Appeal raised nearly 5m.

The massive response made it the British Red Cross's largest domestic emergency relief operation since the Second World War.

Sir Nicholas Young

Chief Executive

The British Red Cross