REVEALED: Ten greyhounds put down following injures at Longford Stadium in 2016

Ten greyhounds were put down last year after sustaining racing injuries at Longford Stadium.

The Irish Greyhound Board has confirmed to Shannonside FM that in total there were 17 injuries suffered by dogs at the stadium and following veterinary advice ten were euthanised.

In total the board reports that 4,875 greyhounds competed in races at the stadium in 2016 and that the number enthanised represents 0.21 per cent of the dogs raced.

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A spokesman for the board said that with any sport involving speed and athleticism injuries do occur and that this is an unfortunate outcome for all involved.

But Billy Galllagher, welfare officer with the Athlone SPCA, said that ten dogs put down is ten dogs too many.

And he claimed that the true number euthanised following races would be a lot more if figures from private vets who subsequently treated dogs were taken into account.