Courser’s dog dies after suffering shoulder injury

1 Dec

A greyhound owned by the president of the Irish Coursing Club is one of the latest victim of the cruel greyhound industry.

Crafty Trivago – described by the Irish Greyhound Board as a “star racing bitch” – died after suffering a shoulder injury at Dublin’s Shelbourne Park stadium.

She stumbled leaving the traps during a race at Shelbourne Park and during a trial at the same track, she fell and sustained the shoulder injury.

Crafty Trivago was owned by courser Brian Divilly of Claregalway-based Crafty Kennels. A video posted on the kennel’s Facebook page earlier this year caused outrage and disgust – it showed around 20 greyhounds chained to a rotating device repeatedly walking around in circles.

A notice posted on the Irish Greyhound Board website stated that Crafty Trivago “stumbled leaving traps in the Oaks first round last week and Noelle Divilly gave her a trial at Shelbourne yesterday in advance of the Shelley Fennelly Memorial Bitch Stake at Curraheen. She fell at the opening bend and damaged a shoulder. She was due to have an operation on the shoulder this morning but she had passed away overnight.”

Outlining the Divilly Family’s reaction to the death, the report adds: “A hugely disappointed Noelle [Divilly] yesterday broke the news and said that the whole family was devastated as they were looking forward to breeding her.”

Since May 2016, Crafty Trivago was used in 24 races around Ireland and in the UK.

In March, ICABS highlighted how several greyhounds bred, trained or previously owned by Brian Divilly ended up in Pakistan. Video footage posted online shows a dog identified as “Crafty Barrazo” chasing a rabbit/hare during a coursing meeting in Pakistan. Records indicate that the breeder of Crafty Barrazo is Brian Divilly, with the Irish Greyhound Board website listing the owner as the Divilly Family Syndicate. At least 17 greyhounds bred, owned or trained by Divilly are said to have ended up in Pakistan. Among these are Crafty Ratio (who was used in hare coursing at the Grange and Fermoy coursing meeting in 2012), Crafty Nasko, Crafty Who (used in coursing in Edenderry in 2014), Crafty Alfresco, Crafty Antonio, Crafty Burro, Crafty Lobato, Crafty Torino and Crafty Perlico (previously used for coursing in Glin). Greyhounds owned by the “Divilly Family Syndicate” are also listed as being in the Asian country. These include Crafty Benzo (who was used for coursing in Kilflynn, Galway and Dublin), Crafty Astro and Crafty Denso (used for coursing in Liscannor, Gorey and Faisalabad).

Brian Divilly is the individual who, in 2014, forcibly dragged two women out of a hare coursing venue in Clonmel. The ICABS Campaign Director and a colleague were filming the cruel coursing when Divilly approached them and said there was to be no filming of the event before dragging them from the grounds. Divilly was caught on camera saying that he would have the women “removed”. See footage at https://youtu.be/xrU088Qz3RI

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