Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1418)

Maureen O'Sullivan


1418. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a post-mortem has been carried out on a dog (details supplied); if not, the reason therefor; and if a regulation that post-mortems be carried out on all dogs that die at greyhound tracks to be carried out by an independent vet will be considered. [35854/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. Bord na gCon is a body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Bord na gCon has informed me that it is aware of a greyhound fatality at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium on Saturday, August 17th 2019. It is my understanding that the greyhound in question received immediate care from the designated veterinary surgeon on duty at the track. Examinations indicate that the greyhound passed away due to a cardiovascular problem. A post-mortem was not carried out on the greyhound in question. It is not standard practice to carry out post-mortems on greyhounds that pass away at stadia. Instances of fatalities in greyhounds at stadia are extremely rare and are regrettable when they do occur, with best veterinary care and advice followed in each case.