Welcome to Rufus's web pages!
These pages were created during the last seven years of Rufus's life, in Toronto, Canada. Sadly, that life was cut short on August 10, 2015, when he was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour in his abdomen that was causing him great pain. As he was held and comforted by those who loved him most, Rufus was humanely released forever from his suffering. He had lived for twelve years, two months, and twenty days.
This web site, apart from the page you are reading now, is preserved as it was during Rufus's life (except for the replacement, from time to time, of some outdated hotlinks and other material). Use the Menu Bar above to navigate between the sections of the site.
The present page, however, continues to be updated frequently with current news headlines and other items of interest to people who love greyhounds and care about the welfare of these wonderful companion animals, wherever they are around the world. We do this in tribute to the life of Rufus, who remains forever in our hearts and minds.
World Greyhound News Headlines
The only place on the web providing current greyhound news, views, and videos from around the globe, in English
Nico the greyhound snoring (YouTube video) January 14, 2017
Monica Vaglietti, the ballet dancer with thirteen greyhounds January 13, 2017
Are NSW tracks getting more dangerous? January 10, 2017
Parliamentary opposition pressures government of the Australian Capital Territory to "backflip" on promise to defund greyhound racing December 13, 2016 — Greyhound breeder characterizes loss of public funding handouts as "discrimination" December 14, 2016 — Racing industry lobbying ACT government to do a "backflip" on plans to cut off public funds subsidy January 11, 2017
Positive test for cobalt chloride leads to 24-week disqualification of NSW greyhound trainer January 10, 2017 — New South Wales trainer disqualified for over two years after greyhhound fails test for amphetamines January 10, 2017
New rule requiring hydration of greyhounds on race days will be given a voluntary trial at one NSW race track November 24, 2016 — Hydration policy is to be extended to all tracks in NSW January 6, 2017
California nonprofit that rescues greyhounds is fighting for life after governor vetoes tax bill October 10, 2016 — Nonprofit greyhound rescue and dog blood bank Hemopet is losing money January 5, 2017
Politicians discuss Ireland's dying greyhound industry December 8, 2016 — Irish greyhound industry receives €285,000 taxpayer subsidy each week (with video) December 9, 2016 — Irish legislator questions why millions in public subsidies are going to pay for a champagne bar and other renovations at Galway Racecourse December 14, 2016 — Debate in the Irish parliament on this issue (YouTube video) December 16, 2016 — Transcript of the debate December 16, 2016 — Irish minister responsible for racing wants to increase 2017 subsidy from €80 million to more than €87 million of public funds January 5, 2017
Irish police investigate theft of top racing greyhound owned by Graham Holland December 6, 2016 — Greyhound recovered safe and well; four alleged kidnappers arrested December 7, 2016 — Phone call demanded €100,000 ransom December 8, 2016 — Men held over greyhound kidnapping released without charge December 8, 2016 — Pentobarbital found in Graham Holland's dogs January 1, 2017
New South Wales trial track (Wollondilly) is shut down for "a number of safety concerns" November 23, 2016 — Wollondilly track allowed to reopen after safety upgrades made December 22, 2016 — Maitland race track is closed to repair unsafe racing surface; Dec. 29 race meeting transferred to Gosford race track December 22, 2016 — Dec. 29 race meet at Gosford is also cancelled due to unsafe track conditions December 30, 2016 — Racing trainers are "furious" December 30, 2016
Greyhound dies of suspected heat stroke at NSW boarding kennel December 30, 2016 — RSPCA to conduct necropsy December 30, 2016
Vietnamese government is set to legalize gambling on greyhound racing December 28, 2016
Three "hunting dogs" maul greyhound at north Auckland beach December 27, 2016 — Harry the greyhound is "back from the dead" December 28, 2016
Whistleblower claims Victoria racing regulator has failed to stem the epidemic of drugging greyhounds December 19, 2016 — Lab chief explains how EPO doping can go undetected December 20, 2016 — ABC News denies involvement in whistleblower's covert surveillance activity December 20, 2016 — Whistleblower is stood down after admitting he participated in doping activities December 22, 2016 — Opinion: Newspaper uses this story to vilify Animals Australia December 24, 2016
CEO of Irish Greyhound Board resigns December 22, 2016 — IGB statement on resignation December 22, 2016 — Opposition critic calls the resignation a symptom of the "crisis in the Irish greyhound industry" December 23, 2016
NSW trainer with previous history of suspensions for doping offences is suspended again on an interim basis pending another doping charge hearing September 23, 2016 — Trainer Mark Azzopardi is disqualified for 9 years and 9 months for amphetamine doping December 22, 2016
NSW property with mass greyhound grave was owned by members of one of Australia's most successful racing dynasties when killings took place July 21, 2016 — Police investigation into mass graves results in arrest for unauthorized firearm possession September 15, 2016 — Suspect is described as a "greyhound worker" September 15, 2016 — The accused is a former manager of the Keinbah trial track September 15, 2016 — Pullman is released without conviction, despite pleading guilty November 17, 2016 — Yet another inquiry into Keinbah trial track mass graves is launched by racing regulator November 23, 2016 — Three persons given interim suspensions in Keinbah inquiry December 22, 2016
Two Queensland trainers disqualified for 2 years for associating with disqualified trainer Tom Noble November 21, 2016 — Third trainer disqualified for 2 years for same reason December 22, 2016
Disgraced Victoria greyhound trainer allegedly linked to dog drugging investigation December 14, 2016 — Information obtained in GRV inspection leads to greyhounds' being scratched from racing at Cranbourne December 15, 2016 — Biggest breeder/owner in NSW says eight of his dogs were scratched from races December 15, 2016 — Two trainers suspended pending hearing December 19, 2016 — Another trainer's property is raided for suspected drugs December 22, 2016
NSW stewards find first-ever case of suspected EPO doping in Australian greyhound racing May 28, 2015 — Suspect is one of the most respected "conditioners" in the NSW dog racing industry May 28, 2015 — Trainer Melinda Finn suspended pending July 22 inquiry June 29, 2015 — A year and a half later, Melinda Finn is disqualified for 12 years December 21, 2016 — Copy of stewards' decision December 20, 2016
Opinion: It's time to ban greyhound racing in the U.K. December 20, 2016
NSW trainer feeds dodgy supplements to greyhound to make him run faster; expresses surprise when greyhound tests positive for arsenic December 15, 2016 — Racing regulator advises trainers to go easy on the arsenic December 20, 2016
Kempsey, NSW, racetrack threatened with closure over greyhound safety and welfare issues December 7, 2016 — Kempsey race meeting cancelled for lack of veterinarian December 20, 2016
Starving greyhound rescued from roadside in Donegal December 18, 2016 — Dog responding well to treatment December 19, 2016
The dark secrets of Scottish dog racing, where greyhounds are drugged and races rigged (PART ONE) December 11, 2016 — PART TWO December 12, 2016 — Scottish police launch investigation into greyhound racing December 18, 2016
NSW greyhound trainer cleared of ripping off dog's tail December 18, 2016