Who, age What Where When Last known address
Mike Green WV Senator owned racing greyhounds injured in crash, killing 3 dogs, 1 missing

Davenport, IA

Scott County

January 11, 2007 West Virginia
Francis Evans, 62 driver of pickup truck involved in injuring 30 greyhounds, killing 3 dogs, 1 missing

Davenport, IA

Scott County

January 11, 2007 Rayland, OH
Not disclosed - 2 teenage passengers passengers in pickup truck involved in injuring 30 greyhounds, killing 3 dogs, 1 missing

Davenport, IA

Scott County

January 11, 2007  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
    30 greyhounds Not charged  

A fatal early morning accident occurred on Interstate 80 involving a pickup truck hauling racing greyhounds in a trailer. The driver, Francis Evans, 62, of Rayland, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene of massive head injuries. Two teenage passengers were uninjured.

The truck was hauling 30 greyhounds from Oklahoma to Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha, Wisconsin, when it went off the right side of the road at 4:30 a.m., struck a large sign and came to a stop in a field 350 feet south of the highway, police said. The trailer broke free from the truck, plowed through a ditch, and overturned at least once before landing upside-down. Three greyhounds escaped from the trailer and were killed by oncoming traffic. Four other greyhounds ran from the scene; three of the four were recovered by 3:00 p.m., all within a mile of the accident.

The accident scene was chaotic, according to witnesses. “Police officers were down on their hands and knees trying to get the dogs out of the trailer,” said Davenport Police Capt. David Struckman. “They were just scared to death,” he said. “You could see it in their eyes.” Twenty-three greyhounds, three of them slightly injured, were taken to the Quad- Cities Greyhound Adoption (QCGA) center north of Davenport. Tom Ryan, retired Davenport fire chief and QCGA member, said,“They had some cuts and abrasions . . . they were traumatized.” Members of the group also collected the remains of the dogs killed on the highway. The last greyhound remained at large overnight but was found early Friday afternoon by Struckman. The frightened, muzzled female approached Struckman, who carried her to a waiting van for transport to QCGA’s kennel, where she was treated by a veterinarian for a cut on her leg, which was probably caused by barbed wire.

The 27 surviving greyhounds were sent to a kennel owner in Dubuque where they will be “de-traumatized” before being sent to race at Dairyland.

Update 1/20/07:  A West Virginia State Senator from Raleigh County has been identified as the owner of 30 greyhounds being hauled in a trailer that crashed in Davenport, Iowa.

Raleigh County Democrat Mike Green says the dogs - which he describes as pups, are currently at a farm near Dubuque, Iowa, where they're recovering from the trauma of the accident. The dogs were headed to Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha, Wisconsin, from a farm in Oklahoma when the accident occurred. The truck went off the highway, hit a sign and ended up in a field. The attached trailer broke free, plowed into a ditch and rolled at least once.

Three dogs that escaped from the trailer were run over and killed by on-coming traffic.

The accident has prompted the California-based Greyhound Protection League to call for new rules regarding the hauling of greyhounds.

  (Photo courtesy of WV legislative page)  WV State Senator Mike Green, has been in the senate since 2006 and the greyhound industry since 1998.

Greyhounds are constantly on the road being hauled across the US. Over the years, there have been to many hauling accidents to mention here. Not only are greyhounds killed and injured when any hauler has wrecked, but also maimed, killed and become deathly sick while being shipped to and from racetracks, breeding and training.

“Dog hauling is the life-blood of the greyhound racing industry,” said Susan Netboy, President of the Greyhound Protection League (GPL). “And it is a virtually unregulated business, in spite of the fact that it poses one of the most lethal threats to the welfare of racing greyhounds.” Netboy says that greyhound hauling rigs are constantly on the road throughout the country, moving greyhounds from breeding farms to tracks and from track to track and back to the farm. Haulers are often on the road for days without rest. “There is no inspection or oversight of either the driver or the road-worthiness of the rig by state or federal regulators,” says Netboy. “Dog hauling is strictly a free enterprise type of business that has been responsible for the death of far too many greyhounds.”

Some of the more notable public incidents in recent years include:

• 8 greyhounds dead from heat exhaustion in El Paso, Texas - 2005
• 10 greyhounds dead from a hauling-rig fire in Orlando, Florida - 2005

Netboy asserts that greyhound deaths in hauling rigs are a common occurrence, but the incidents go unreported unless there is a human fatality or public spectacle. The group intends to initiate legislation on both the state and federal level to protect greyhounds from the risks inherent in the greyhound hauling business. “The death of greyhound race dogs can no longer be written off as the ‘cost-of-doing business,’” says Netboy.

The Greyhound Protection League has called on the dog owner to release the injured and traumatized dogs for Adoption.  News reports indicating that the greyhounds involved in the hauling accident are to be sent to Dairyland Greyhound Track to resume their racing careers has sparked an uproar in the greyhound welfare community. “These dogs have been through enough,” said Greyhound Protection League President (GPL) Susan Netboy. “The surviving greyhounds barely escaped with their lives; they deserve to live out their days with an adoptive family dedicated to providing them with a safe, loving home – not as somebody’s meal ticket.”

Netboy who has been involved in greyhound advocacy and adoption for nearly 20 years predicts that the dogs are so traumatized by the accident that they will never be able to make it in the racing system. “But more importantly,” says Netboy “it’s the decent thing to do for the dogs.” GPL is calling on those with a financial interest in the dogs, to do the right thing and release the dogs to greyhound adoption groups.

GPL applauds the efforts of the Davenport police department, animal control, the humane society, local greyhound adoption organizations and the public, all of whom made a concerted effort to save as many greyhounds as possible. “A lot of heroism emerged on behalf of these dogs,” said Netboy. “These people’s efforts represent acts of kindness and caring, not an effort to salvage someone’s investment. Putting these dogs back into the racing system would be a travesty.”

GPL issued a statement the day of the accident regarding the nationwide lack of regulation over greyhound hauling vehicles. The group intends to initiate federal and/or state oversight of the greyhound hauling business which it contends represents one the most significant risks to racing greyhounds.

Reference:

AR-News Group

The Cedar Rapids Gazette

Charleston Daily Mail

Greyhound Protection League

Quad-City Times

Des Moines] Register

Wheeling News Register