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you are reading now, is preserved as it was during Rufus's life (except for the replacement, from time to time, of some outdated hotlinks and other material).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

Exposé reveals sick, injured, stressed greyhounds imprisoned and used as blood donors by Hemopet in California October 11, 2018 — PETA news release October 12, 2018 — Hemopet disputes abuse claims October 12, 2018 — Protesters to demand release of Hemopet greyhounds October 15, 2018 — Garden Grove greyhound “rescue” allegedly profits off of racing dog blood October 16, 2018

Florida "Yes" campaign announces first list of endorsers July 6, 2018 — More endorsements announced July 10, 2018 — Still more endorsements July 13, 2018 — Fourth batch of endorsements released July 18, 2018 — Fifth batch of endorsements released July 27, 2018 — Sixth batch of endorsements July 31, 2018 — Sixty-one pro-racing adoption groups declare opposition to banning greyhound racing August 1, 2018 — 57 local businesses across Florida endorse the ban August 3, 2018 — Lara Trump supports Amendment 13 August 3, 2018 — Adoption groups join battle over Amendment 13 August 17, 2018 — Margate becomes 4th Florida city to officially endorse Amendment 13 October 3, 2018 — Florida Today editorial board endorses Amendment 13 October 4, 2018 — Naples Daily News editorial board endorses YES on 13 October 8, 2018 — Sarasota Herald-Tribune endorses Amendment 13 October 15, 2018 — Amendment 13 proponents cite dog injuries as reason to ban greyhound racing in Florida (with TV news video) October 16, 2018

Area planning committee in Durham County, U.K. denies request to allow conversion of a barn to greyhound kennels October 15, 2018 — Residents concerned with noise October 15, 2018

This Kansas group finds loving homes for greyhounds October 13, 2018

RSPCA in Durham County, UK investigate reports of men repeatedly throwing a greyhound into the sea November 5, 2017 — Dog walker was horrified witness November 6, 2017 — Investigation continues November 14, 2017 — Investigation closes with no charges laid October 12, 2018

Irish trainers convicted of live baiting still have full access to greyhounds and other small animals April 13, 2017 — Owen McKenna launches court challenge over fines and forfeitures for greyhound doping November 13, 2017 — High Court hearing began today October 11, 2018

Irish budget for 2019 allocates 5% increase in public funding for the racing industry October 9, 2018 — Greyhound Board gets an extra €800,000 in public funds next year October 10, 2018

Macau government inaction and ineptitude leads to last-minute cancellation of greyhound relocation plans October 4, 2018 — Government gives Canidrome three-day deadline to find another location and move 500 greyhounds there October 4, 2018 — Government to conduct last-minute inspection of proposed greyhound relocation site on Saturday October 6, 2018 — Animal welfare group Anima makes a proposal to the government for the care and adoption of the dogs October 6, 2018 — Relocation site fails government inspection; government takes ownership of the dogs and they will stay in the Canidrome October 6, 2018 — Anima president offers resignation after the organization is denied access to the Canidrome dogs October 8, 2018 — Anima brokers deal to allow greyhounds to be adopted out despite any litigation over the closure of the Canidrome October 10, 2018

CEO of New South Wales racing regulator acknowledges that gambling is the industry's "raison d'être" October 9, 2018

New South Wales government throws more taxpayer money at the racing industry July 30, 2018 — NSW Government spends half a million dollars to fund "Australia's Richest Greyhound Race" July 31, 2018 — World's first $1 million greyhound race announced for Sydney July 31, 2018 — Huge boost to dog racing industry July 31, 2018 — A "taxpayer-funded apology" to the racing industry July 31, 2018 — Greens call the development "sickening" July 31, 2018 — Opponents of greyhound racing are already planning a protest demonstration at the final event October 20 July 31, 2018 — Racing insiders criticize government for not spending even more money on them August 1, 2018 — Comment: Political courage gone to the dogs after government switch on greyhound racing August 2, 2018 — Comment: As greyhound racing gets more money, dogs still have plenty of friends August 3, 2018 — Comment: Cruelty continues despite "reforms" August 4, 2018 — Protest planned at Wentworth Park August 6, 2018 — Government's half a million dollars is to come from the Community Development Fund September 3, 2018 — Government and racing regulators desperate to avoid embarrassing animal welfare issues in "Million Dollar Chase" events October 4, 2018 — Entertainers pull out of performing at Million Dollar race finals October 9, 2018

New "point-of-consumption" taxes on race betting announced for Victoria May 14, 2018 — Australian Capital Territory and Queensland will follow suit June 5, 2018 — New South Wales betting tax will take effect in January June 13, 2018 — GRNSW wants a greater share of the new tax revenue June 13, 2018 — Who benefits from the "point of consumption" gambling tax? June 14, 2018 — Editorial: Queensland government should share some of the POCT revenue with the racing industry June 16, 2018 — Racing Queensland to receive $38 million windfall next year from new POC betting tax September 29, 2018 — Queensland horse racing industry threatens to strike for a share of the PC tax revenues October 4, 2018 — Strike action planned for October 27 October 6, 2018 — Queensland POC tax will pay for a new greyhound rack October 9, 2018

Irish government purchase of Harold's Cross greyhound stadium last year amounted to an €11 million taxpayer subsidy to the industry October 8, 2018

Opinion: NRA's scare tactics reflect desperation of the Florida dog racing industry October 3, 2018 — "Coalition" of hunters, farmers, and ranchers joins in with the scare campaign October 8, 2018

Report on annual Greyhounds Reach the Beach event in Delaware October 7, 2018

Amendment 13 campaigners go on statewide bus tour in Florida October 5, 2018 — Bus goes to Panama City Beach October 5, 2018

Two greyhound racing participants are charged with possession and supplying of dangerous drugs, possession of restricted drugs, and other drug offences October 5, 2018

Florida Bar Journal article explains why Florida should ban greyhound racing August 24, 2018 — Florida may ban greyhound racing soon August 27, 2018 — Notorious dog abuser was approved to join pro-racing group campaigning against the racing ban August 28, 2018 — American Kennel Club opposes Amendment 13 September 18, 2018 — Economist's report demolishes Florida racing industry's claims of economic armageddon if greyhound racing is banned October 2, 2018 — Regulator nixes industry PR plan to open racetrack kennels to public tours October 3, 2018 — A closer look at Amendment 13 October 4, 2018

Arkansas voters will decide in November on proposal to add a casino to Southland Greyhound Park September 5, 2018 — Detailed information on the casino ballot proposal October 4, 2018

RSPCA condemns decision to build greyhound breeding facility in Murray Bridge, South Australia July 20, 2018 — Petition campaign launched against breeding facility July 23, 2018 — Citizens are challenging Council decision in Court October 3, 2018

Queensland greyhound trainer faces 70 meth-doping and fraud charges September 29, 2018 — Dogs were doped with a "cocktail" of drugs including meth, pseudoephedrine, and amphetamines October 3, 2018 — Trainer Anthony Hess remanded to November 26 October 3, 2018

Irish Cabinet approves draft Greyhound Racing Bill October 3, 2018

Progress reported in plans to reopen Oxford greyhound track October 2, 2018

Another Florida greyhound tests positive for cocaine August 7, 2018 — Positive drug tests for Florida greyhounds increased from 18 in 2016 to 81 in 2017 September 26, 2018 — Nine months after Florida judge struck down greyhound drug testing regime, the state regulator still doing drug testing on an "emergency" basis September 18, 2018 — Judge strikes down key provisions of state regulator's draft drug-testing regulations October 2, 2018

Pentobarbital found in Graham Holland's dogs January 1, 2017 — Graham Holland-trained champion dog tests positive for cocaine, twice September 13, 2017 — Champion Irish greyhound tests positive for cocaine September 14, 2017 — Editorial: This case is likely to be a "watershed event" September 14, 2017 — Investigators failed to notify Department of Agriculture about cocaine test results September 17, 2017 — Experts talk about the effect of cocaine on racing dogs September 18, 2017 — Why greyhounds are being given cocaine September 21, 2017 — IGB issue new protocols to trainers to combat accidental cocaine contamination (Satire) September 23, 2017 — Holland gets judge to postpone his disciplinary hearing before the Control Commission December 1, 2017 — A year later, judge puts an end to delay in disciplinary proceedings against Graham Holland September 28, 2018 — Investigation reopens October 1, 2018

Opinion: Floridians, vote “Yes” on Amendment 13 August 5, 2018 — Opinion: Protect dogs – yes on Amendment 13 August 5, 2018 — Opinion: A Time of Reckoning August 8, 2018 — Opinion: Heading to the finish line of Florida's cruel greyhound racing industry August 8, 2018 — Opinion: Florida’s dog racing tracks are cruel and voters should ban them August 13, 2018 — Opinion: Still on course: Florida ballot campaign closes in on greyhound racing August 16, 2018 — Opinion: Dog racers gaslight while greyhounds continue to die September 11, 2018 — Former director of racing regulatory body supports Florida vote to ban dog racing September 12, 2018 — Opinion: Why you should vote YES on Amendment 13 September 17, 2018 — Opinion: End dog racing with (lucky) Amendment 13 September 23, 2018 — Nine "fast facts" from the Animal Legal Defense Fund September 25, 2018 — Opinion: These 4 facts will make you vote YES on Amendment 13 September 25, 2018 — Every three days a greyhound dies at a Florida racetrack September 25, 2018 — National Rifle Association opposes Amendment 13 September 25, 2018 — Yes on 13 campaign responds to NRA's claims September 25, 2018 — Opinion: First V.P. of Florida Federation of Republican Women urges a Yes vote on Amendment 13 September 30, 2018

Hare-coursing gangs wreak havoc in Yorkshire May 31, 2018 — English couple adopt a "vulnerable and malnourished" greyhound that had been used for hare coursing in Ireland June 26, 2018 — Thousands of pounds being gambled on illegal hare coursing in East Lothian, Scotland September 28, 2018

Irish Greyhound Board's "comprehensive review" of the industry's racetracks will not deal with the needs and welfare of the dogs themselves September 27, 2018

Irish racing industry's image suffers because of "perception" that trainers use drugs on dogs September 21, 2018 — Irish Greyhound Board does fewer greyhound drug tests in 2018 than it did in 2014, despite buying a €400,000 analytical system in 2017 September 23, 2018

Florida dog racers take court action to block Seminole County's regulation of greyhound welfare May 17, 2017 — Florida's Sanford-Orlando track stopped reporting greyhound injuries as of the day when the racing industry filed a law suit to strike down the injury reporting law (TV news video) June 21, 2017 — Seminole County's reporting rules are frequently broken, not being enforced January 9, 2018 — Seminole County's conflicting injury reports January 12, 2018 — Court hears motions from both sides for summary judgment June 26, 2018 (with TV news video) — Judge upholds Seminole County ordinance requiring greyhound injury reports September 20, 2018

One-third of dogs sent by trainers to New South Wales Greyhound Adoption Program are deemed unsuitable for adoption September 20, 2018

Australian greyhound recovering after eating poisoned bait in Sydney park September 18, 2018

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