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Thursday 26 April 2018

Rescue greyhounds last to find a home

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Lynne Kelleher

Greyhounds wait twice as long as the average dog to be re-homed, according to a leading canine charity.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling, soccer hardman and actor Vinnie Jones and Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, all fell in love with greyhounds.

But new research by Dogs Trust reveals the racing dogs are not seen as pet material by the public.

In 2016, 53pc of greyhounds who entered Irish dog pounds were put to sleep.

The charity is spearheading a new campaign to raise public awareness about the endearing qualities of greyhounds who can make lovable pets outside the track.

"Greyhounds are mostly gentle, quiet souls who make the most loyal, loving family pets and have a quirky sense of humour," said Suzie Carley, executive director at Dogs Trust. Ciara Byrne from Dogs Trust says there are many misconceptions about greyhounds being high maintenance dogs who require lots of exercise.

She said: "The truth is they are extremely loveable couch potatoes, who enjoy spending the majority of their time curled up on a warm couch surrounded by people they love."

The charity's new campaign called Greywatch is also calling for controls on the export of greyhounds.

They are campaigning for an amendment to the Greyhound Industry Bill, due to be published in the coming months, that will help protect the welfare of exported Irish greyhounds.

To find out more about how you can support this campaign or to adopt a greyhound, log on to www.dogstrust.ie/Greywatch

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