Speak Up for Exploited Greyhounds Caged and Bled Repeatedly for Cash

Sick, injured, and stressed dogs who were bred for and discarded by the racing industry were kept in cages for about 23 hours a day so that Hemopet, a canine blood bank, can sell their blood. This can go on for months—or even years.

Employees said that stressed dogs sometimes fought at night, resulting in torn ears, neck wounds, and bloody cages. Some dogs were caged together even after fighting.

PETA exposes Hemopet

Pidgeon was apparently attacked by her kennelmate, resulting in gashes on the sides of her neck that required stitches. Dogs were not always separated after fights

The National Greyhound Association (NGA) claimed to have barred its members from directly sending greyhounds to any blood bank operation. So how did dogs who were bred and raced by NGA Board of Directors President Julia Ward end up at Hemopet?

Take the following actions to help these dogs:

  • Contact the NGA Board of Directors and urge it to bar NGA members’ dogs from being held captive in any blood bank operation, including those masquerading as rescues.


  • Contact Hemopet on Twitter and Facebook. Urge the facility to send all the dogs held there to permanent, loving homes.

  • Call Hemopet at 714-891-2022 and politely ask that it release all the dogs for adoption immediately.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind