The Racing Post reports Hull Stadium is to scrap its Thursday meeting and will now only be open for racing one night a week – Saturday. A slump in attendances and the economic climate were blamed for the cut backs.

Hull’s stadium manager – Andrew Wagstaff – said “In common with many other stadia in the UK, we are sad to reduce the number of nights and whilst Saturday night continues to be successful, this is also experiencing reduced attendance.”

Both Andrew Wagstaff and the racing manager – Mick Smith – are also to take a 50% pay cut.

The reduction in racing will result in a surplus of greyhounds, so if you can offer a loving foster or  permanent home to a greyhound please contact East Riding RGT by phone on 01482 503944

http://eastriding.retiredgreyhounds.org/

Peterborough are also experiencing severe problems with ‘urgent remedial measures needed to be put in place to ensure the survival of the stadium’.

As from 1st June 2009 the racing strength of dogs at Peterborough will be reduced by 30% from 512 dogs to 350 dogs – a loss of 162 greyhounds.

Again please contact Peterborough RGT on 01832 205363 if you can offer a loving foster or permanent home to a greyhound.

http://greyhounds24-7.retiredgreyhounds.org/index.asp?pageid=-2

As concerning as it is to hear of such a large number of greyhounds ‘surplus to requirements’ – we must console ourselves with knowing that once these dogs are re-homed – they will not be replaced and fewer greyhounds will be needlessly bred, suffer and die as a consequence.