Racing Greyhounds who are no longer of commercial value in the UK have been discarded or worse. Such is the case of Alice, an emaciated Greyhound who was abandoned when she underperformed. A recent Reuters article highlighted the fate of Alice and other Greyhounds as the racing industry appears to be declining in the UK.
After Alice was tossed out to the streets she was found by a volunteer who brought her to a sanctuary. At the time she was discovered she was cold and infested with flees. She also was half the normal body weight for an adult Greyhound. Fortunately, Alice was later adopted by a couple in Yorkshire and is reported to be enjoying life as a family pet.
The fate of other Greyhounds is sometimes not as happy as Alice's. There has been reports of retired racing dogs being sold to research labs. Currently, a number of active Greyhound rescues and other welfare organizations are working to have retired racing dogs re-homed properly. The Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust is one of charities dedicated to rescuing dogs like Alice from sad fates.