Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Love Breeds an Unlikely Winner; Mackay Trainer Weighs in on Greyhound Racing Ban

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Love Breeds an Unlikely Winner; Mackay Trainer Weighs in on Greyhound Racing Ban

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Madolyn Peters

madolyn.peters@dailymercury.com.au

GREYHOUND RACING: Former greyhound trainer Gordon Vievers blames bad trainers for the New South Wales ban on greyhound racing.

Based in Bundaberg in the 1980s he sent one of his dogs south to be "broken in". The dog was sent back to him as a "cat", meaning it wouldn't kill.

"I hardly recognised him when I got him off the train," Mr Vievers said. "His feet were bleeding, he could hardly stand up he was that skinny. Apparently they used to starve them to make them want to kill.

"I was advised not to have a cat in my kennel."

The dog was called Fairymead Flyer and he went on to hold the 550m Bundaberg track record from 1981-1984. He was also Mr Vievers' beloved pet.

"I could let children play with him. He was just a lovely dog and most of them are," he said.

A lot of people thought greyhounds were "savage" dogs, Mr Vievers said, but it all came down to the way they were trained. …

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