Coast memorial planned for slaughtered greyhounds
A TRIBUTE garden and memorial service for 55 greyhounds whose carcasses were found in bushland southeast of Bundaberg last month is being planned by two Beerwah residents.
The greyhounds were found in a mass grave speculated to be a dumping ground for unwanted racing dogs.
Nola Murphy and Jo Gregory work at Pets Eternal, a pet crematorium and cemetery south of Brisbane.
The discovery of the dog carcasses with bullet wounds was "horribly tragic", Ms Murphy said.
"We were talking about how horribly tragic it was and how sad it was that they'd never been loved," Ms Murphy said.
"It's like they never mattered. We said 'we should do something'."
Ms Murphy said she and Ms Gregory spoke to their boss, who suggested a tribute garden be created at Pets Eternal's Greenbank cemetery.
"You need a place to acknowledge where somebody's been," she said. "We thought it would be a symbol of all the greyhounds that have ever been mistreated. It would give them a place where they mattered."
Foster carer Katrina King said it was "a terrible thing to find all these bodies just thrown away in the bush like garbage. These are living creatures. They were alive once, and you don't just throw them away," she said.
"No matter what side of the fence we're on, it's not right."
Ms King fosters greyhounds and said they are "loving and affectionate animals".
She said the memorial was a "wonderful" idea.
"I know it's just symbolic, it doesn't bring them back," she said.
"But it's just a chance to show that people care.
"It's an opportunity for people to show that it's not acceptable to treat animals that way."
19,950 the approximate number of greyhounds born in Australia in 2013, assuming each of the 2851 litters have an average of seven puppies.
13,832 the number of greyhounds named in the same year.
6000 the number born and not named, the fate of which is unclear.