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Sunday, June 1, 2014

The National Greyhound Association (NGA) has removed approximately 135 greyhounds from a rural Arkansas farm in response to concerns raised by other NGA members in the area, according to Gary Guccione, executive director of the

Guccione said the intervention occurred after NGA President Julia Ward and member Randy Finegan became aware that greyhounds on the farm were in poor condition and did not appear to be receiving proper food and care. The NGA officials contacted local law enforcement authorities and worked with them to remove the
greyhounds from the facility legally with the owner's permission.

The dogs were moved in four trucks and trailers, with seven greyhounds going to West Memphis for treatment and eventual adoption, and the remainder to NGA national headquarters in Abilene, KS, where they will be cared for by staff until they
have been restored to full health. All the dogs are expected to make a full recovery, according to Guccione, after which they will be returned to their rightful owners or placed in adoption programs.

Guccione said the farm's proprietor will appear before an NGA disciplinary hearing in early June. If found guilty of serious violations of the NGA's animal care standards, the individual will be banned from greyhound racing for life, and others prohibited from doing business with him.

"Making sure that greyhounds receive proper care is everyone's responsibility," Guccione concluded. "In this case, we were able to intervene swiftly and successfully, thanks to our people on the ground in that area. We're thankful that it all worked out, and the greyhounds will be fine."