Our Mission

end greyhound racing

Since 2015, Greyhound racing in Western Australia has killed more than 1,400 healthy dogs. Find out how you can help end Greyhound racing in Western Australia.

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updated 17 February 2024

Greyhound Racing Stats

**These numbers do not include injuries suffered off track

Greyhound racing on track deaths since 1 January 2024

Greyhound racing fractures & major injuries since 1 January 2024

 

 

Known greyhound off track deaths since 1 January 2024

 

 

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We need your help with greyhound research.

Do you have a greyhound who has suffered a major on track injury? Have you adopted a greyhound who went through a Greyhound Injury Full Recovery Scheme? Is your greyhound currently suffering from or did your pet die from any type of cancer?

If so, we would appreciate you helping Free the Hounds by filling in our short survey.

Please use the Greyhound Health Survey Tab above or use the More Info button below.

We appreciate your help in trying to create a better future for greyhounds.

greyhound racing stats

Greyhound racing injuries & deaths

Over 1,400 Greyhounds have died on WA race tracks since 2015

This number is only those that we are able to indentify, there are very likely more that will remain unknown.

120 greyhounds suffered fractured bones or a major injury on race tracks in Western Australia in 2023

Of these injuries, 74 were to the right hock (ankle), due to the curvature of the track. Suffered as the greyhound runs around the bend.

 

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Approximately 37% of greyhounds are injured every year on WA tracks

In the 2020-2021 financial year, 1,659 individual greyhounds raced with 626 of them suffering any injury (of all severities, not just major as RWWA state) bringing the actual injury rate to 37.73%. 

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Free the Hounds is a greyhound welfare advocacy group based in Western Australia and launched in August 2015. Free the Hounds is a non-profit organisation incorporated in WA under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015.

Our purpose is to prevent the harm and inhumane treatment of greyhounds, including wastage of greyhounds by the racing industry, by informing the public of the facts of greyhound racing and supporting welfare reforms. We support an end to commercial greyhound racing.

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If you are passionate about helping greyhounds, we’d love to hear from you! 

We’re always in need of volunteers to help with events, fundraisers, research, social media, our website and more. 

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Fractures & Deaths

Race Reports

31 January 2024 Meeting at Cannington

Race 3 - Novice/Country/380 - Novice A post race veterinary examination revealed that YUNDERUP THORN had a right hock fracture and has been stood down for 90 days. The greyhound was medically...

29 January 2024 Meeting at Cannington

Race 12 - Grade 6/Country/275 (PBD) - Grade 6 A post race veterinary examination revealed that CAMERON KEEPING had a fractured right hock and was humanely euthanised by the On Track Veterinary...

29 January 2024 Meeting at Cannington

Race 1 - Maiden/Country/275 (PBD) - Maiden CASH LANDING sustained a truncal-spinal fracture following a heavy collision in the catching pen and was humanely euthanised by the On Track Veterinary...

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Free The Hounds acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.

We are committed to building an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity represented in our community. We welcome all people regardless of age, gender identity, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, faith, religion, and all other identities represented in our community.