The IGB today announced a scheme to provide funding for the treatment of greyhounds which have been injured when racing at IGB licenced stadia.
The introduction of the “Injuries at Tracks Recovery Scheme” is open to all owners and trainers who have incurred veterinary costs in the treatment of greyhounds to repair a career-ending orthopaedic (bone) injury which was sustained when racing at an IGB licenced stadium.
Applications under the scheme shall be assessed on the basis that the greyhound will immediately retire from competitive action (trials and races) following its treatment. Every effort must be made to find the greyhound a suitable home and the greyhound must not be used for breeding purposes. Assistance will be set at 50% of the veterinary costs, up to a maximum of €500 per hock or long bone injuries per greyhound. Career-ending bone injuries may include fractured hocks, fractured long bones and multiple fractures of the metacarpals/metatarsals.
The scheme is being put in place to minimise the euthanasia of greyhounds injured at race tracks and to enable treated greyhounds to enjoy an active life in retirement within a family setting. The IGB is committed to supporting responsible greyhound ownership and the message that all racing greyhounds should be treated with care and that after racing each enjoys a happy retirement.
The scheme is effective from 1st August 2019 and applications can be made on the approved form to the IGB Welfare Department, Green Park, Dock Road, Limerick or forwarded by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org