RCÉ / GRI wish to advise all Owners and Trainers that the Board of RCÉ has approved an extension to the terms of the “Injury at Tracks Recovery Scheme” with this extension taking effect immediately. Funding was previously available through the “Injuries at Tracks Recovery Scheme” for the treatment of greyhounds which have been injured while racing at RCÉ Licensed stadia and RCÉ will now also provide this funding for the treatment of greyhounds which have been injured during the course of Qualifying Trials at RCÉ Licenced stadia. The Scheme is open to all owners and trainers who have incurred veterinary costs in the treatment of greyhounds to repair a *career-ending orthopaedic (bone) injury.
*Career ending bone injuries may include fractured hocks, fractured long bones and multiple fractures of the metacarpals/metatarsals.
An application to the Scheme shall be made in the knowledge that the greyhound will be immediately retired from competitive action (trials and races) following its treatment and every effort must be made to find this greyhound a suitable home. This greyhound shall not be used for breeding purposes thereafter. Any greyhound that has been treated through the Scheme shall not be sold or given away for other purposes including breeding and racing.
A fully paid invoice from the veterinary practice that completed the treatment of the greyhound and the completed application form together with (a) a veterinary certificate of treatment issued by the ‘track vet’ at the time the injury occurred (if injury occurred during racing) or (b) a veterinary certificate of treatment issued by the veterinary surgeon who treated the greyhound on day injury occurred together with confirmation from the relevant Racing Manager/Control Steward of the occurrence of the injury (if injury occurred during Qualifying Trials), shall be submitted when applying to RCÉ for funding under this Scheme. RCÉ may require additional evidence regarding the retirement details of the greyhound prior to settling any application for funding.
Assistance funding will be set at 50% of the veterinary cost, up to a maximum of €500 for hock or long bone injuries, per greyhound.
RCÉ is committed to encouraging responsible greyhound ownership and spreading the message amongst industry patrons that all racing greyhounds must be treated with care and that after racing each greyhound is afforded an opportunity to enjoy a happy retirement.
Note that all claims from the GRI Track Injury Recovery Scheme will be individually assessed and reviewed in detail. GRI reserves the right to withhold payment if it has reason to believe the claim to be fraudulent.
The Application Form for the Assistance Funding through this Scheme is available at www.grireland.ie/Resource/greyhound-welfare/injury/