Greyhound death mars Murray Bridge track opening

The death of a greyhound has marred the official launch of Murray Bridge's new dog track.

On February 3, Lewiston-based trainer Troy Murray's dog He's Okay pulled up with an injury as he rounded the sweeping turn at the Murray Bridge Greyhound Racing Club.

According to the steward's report, he was examined by a veterinary surgeon after the race and "humanely euthanised".

A crowd was attending a cocktail-style dinner in the club's function centre, overlooking the track, at the time.

Animal rights organisation PETA seized upon the death as proof that profit came before animal welfare within the greyhound racing industry, and called for a ban on the sport.

“Despite years of opposition to plans to open this cruel racetrack – including around 7000 letters from PETA supporters – the South Australian government went ahead with the project,” it said in a statement.

“Greyhound Racing SA claimed that the track design would be safer for dogs.

“It’s already clear that this was an empty promise for the exploited animals who are pushed past their limits for human entertainment and profit.”

He's Okay had raced twice previously at Murray Bridge, over the same distance, for one win and one second place.

He recorded 16 wins from 49 starts during his racing career, and netted almost $29,000 in prize money.

The Murray Valley Standard has sought comment from Greyhound Racing SA.

The track had already unofficially opened – racing had been underway there since December 19.

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