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From 22 August 2006 Issue - Introducing Adela

AUSTRALIA: Mutilated Dogs Found at Track
By Grant McArthur

 August 19, 2006,23599,20176581-421,00.html 

GREYHOUND racing stewards have exhumed the remains of what could be six dogs found mutilated on a bush track. A woman and her eight-year-old son found the remains on Tuesday while walking in bushland at Yendon, near Ballarat.

The woman reported the gruesome find to Moorabool Council, which identified the remains as greyhounds but buried them before Greyhound Racing Victoria stewards could inspect them.

Council chief executive officer Robert Dobrzynski said they appeared to be dogs and that their ears had been cut off, making it impossible to identify them through ear branding - which is compulsory for all racing greyhounds.

"This practice is abhorrent, against common decency," he said.

"Animals deserve better. Council will make every endeavor to investigate this thoroughly."

Stewards dug up the remains yesterday but could not determine if they were greyhounds or another breed of dog. DNA samples were taken to identify the animals through bloodline records kept of all breeding greyhounds. The results will not be available for up to three weeks.

But Greyhound Racing Victoria chief executive officer John Stephens had doubts about the council's identification, saying skinned foxes were often mistaken for greyhounds.

Several carcasses found in Warrnambool in June were found to be foxes. "These sort of things occur on an annual basis, and on every occasion I have seen over the past 30 years they have been foxes and not greyhounds," Mr. Stephens said.

If the dogs are identified as greyhounds, their owners could face a lifetime ban from the greyhound racing industry.

Even if the animals are foxes, their killers could face six months in prison and fines of up to $6000 if their deaths are deemed to have been inhumane.

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