Greyhound carcasses found in Queensland bushland

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched by the RSPCA and police after no less than 55 decomposing greyhound bodies were found in bushland in the south-east of Queensland, near Bundaberg, earlier this week.

RSPCA Bundaberg received the initial tip off of the animals whereabouts, having been found in the Coonarr region, approximately 360 kilometres north of Brisbane.

The RSPCA then inspected the site where the gruesome discovery was confirmed, with the carcasses said to be in varying states of decomposition.

The horrific discovery of the deceased greyhounds comes soon after a Victorian trainer was cleared of misconduct after he allegedly shot two of his greyhounds. The trainer, Simon Green, was let off due to the limited evidence provided and after considering the ‘Victoria Code of Practice for the Private Keeping of Dogs’, which details shooting as an appropriate method of euthanasia.

The investigation into the carcasses is part of the Joint Greyhound Racing Inquiry Task Force which was recently established to investigate allegations of animal cruelty within the sport of greyhound racing.

One of the investigation’s main focuses was to identify alleged acts of live-baiting after the barbaric practice was exposed on the ABC’s Four Corners program in February.

The program aired footage of live animals being tied to mechanical lures as an incentive for greyhounds to chase, catch and kill after secret surveillance cameras were set up at a private trial track operated by Tom Noble.

Noble was one of 36 greyhound trainers suspended following on from the scandal and he has since been banned for life, along with five other participants.

Recently, the Queensland Government ordered an Independent Review of the greyhound racing industry to discover why live-baiting went undetected for so long.

The problem was more widespread than just Queensland however, with vision from both Victoria and NSW also revealing trainers engaging in alleged live-baiting activity, with 26 greyhound participants currently suspended across those two states.

Past Discussion

  1. DaveSampson Recluse 60
    Dave. Racing Queensland are arrogant beyond belief and its very much a boys network protecting each other and they are answerable to know one. Their paperwork is so out of date and behind its ridiculous. 

    Some kennels hadn’t had an inspection for six years, yes that’s right six years, until the 4 corners programme. I understand that the kennels of one of those trainers warned off for life were only inspected 3 weeks prior to the ABC 4 Corners programme and were approved, the condition of a couple of those dogs left a lot to be desired.
    So you see RQ are partly responsible for allowing these atrocities to happen and they are now running around trying to put it right and failing miserably, 
    If they had done their job from the start non of this would have happened as these low life’s would not have been able to have  behaved in this way.

    Racing Queensland are only interested in thorough bred racing as it is full of affluent people with high connections that’s why we heard nothing about the ABC Catalyst programme into the whipping of horses and we wont.

    So that brings me onto why have they not been stood down, well you had better ask the Minister that ? and he wont answer that as he seems to be in hiding since all of this started.

    I think sadly that Queensland will be the first state in Australia to ban greyhound racing, those that suffer will be the innocent greyhound as there just arnt enough homes for them  all at once. What they need to do is rather than ban it is to bring about huge changes that are not difficult.

  2. DaveSampson Recluse 60

    Dave. Racing Queensland are arrogant beyond belief and its very much a boys network protecting each other and they are answerable to know one. Their paperwork is so out of date and behind its ridiculous. 

    Some kennels hadn’t had an inspection for six years, yes that’s right six years, until the 4 corners programme. I understand that the kennels of one of those trainers warned off for life were only inspected 3 weeks prior to the ABC 4 Corners programme and were approved, the condition of a couple of those dogs left a lot to be desired.

    So you see RQ are partly responsible for allowing these atrocities to happen and they are now running around trying to put it right and failing miserably, 

    If they had done their job from the start non of this would have happened as these low life’s would not have been able to have  behaved in this way.

    Racing Queensland are only interested in thorough bred racing as it is full of affluent people with high connections that’s why we heard nothing about the ABC Catalyst programme into the whipping of horses and we wont.

    So that brings me onto why have they not been stood down, well you had better ask the Minister that ? and he wont answer that as he seems to be in hiding since all of this started.

    I think sadly that Queensland will be the first state in Australia to ban greyhound racing, those that suffer will be the innocent greyhound as there just arnt enough homes for them  all at once. What they need to do is rather than ban it is to bring about huge changes that are not difficult. 

  3. Isn’t it legal to put them down with a bullet to the head?  Isn’t it a widespread practice to put down dogs that don’t show racing potential?  That’s the impression I’ve been under.  If they were killed humanely then what’s the crime here other than dumping an animal carcass?  Don’t get me wrong, I think this is disgusting, but all the outrage from industry members is for show right?

  4. Isn’t it legal to put them down with a bullet to the head?  Isn’t it a widespread practice to put down dogs that don’t show racing potential?  That’s the impression I’ve been under.  If they were killed humanely then what’s the crime here other than dumping an animal carcass?  Don’t get me wrong, I think this is disgusting, but all the outrage from industry members is for show right?

  5. Could have been worse.  At least they weren’t tied to a lure and flung round a track while being mauled to death.  At least they were given a quick death.  That’s “love for the breed” right there.

  6. Could have been worse.  At least they weren’t tied to a lure and flung round a track while being mauled to death.  At least they were given a quick death.  That’s “love for the breed” right there.

  7. This needs to be taken ALL the way. There should be penalties for any trainer AND OWNER euthanising ANY dog. This sport needs to be cleaned up immediately. Yes we speak about the crossbreds being destroyed day after day which imo is far worse however WE need to look at our own sport first and we can’t go forward until we put some rules in place. This is now, there is no time to waste.

  8. This needs to be taken ALL the way. There should be penalties for any trainer AND OWNER euthanising ANY dog. This sport needs to be cleaned up immediately. Yes we speak about the crossbreds being destroyed day after day which imo is far worse however WE need to look at our own sport first and we can’t go forward until we put some rules in place. This is now, there is no time to waste.

  9. This wasn’t the place at the local tip where vets take their euthanised greyhounds was it? I remember a similar story years ago that was at Richmond NSW & there was a huge uproar about it.

  10. Disregard the previous comment. I missed the bit about the dogs being found in bushland so obviously my thoughts were not the case.