A CHARITY that rescues abused or former racing greyhounds says it is bringing in up to six dogs, amid warnings that rescue centres are "bursting their banks".

Hayley Bradley, founder of Hector’s Greyhound Rescue which is based in Oswestry, has just returned from a trip over the Irish Sea to Ireland where she visited three different counties.

Here, she met with people working in rescues, and saw the number of greyhounds who have been discarded from the racing industry.

And she confirmed that her haul of rescues all have their own story and will need time to adapt to their new futures.

She said: “It's National Greyhound Day and six greyhounds from Ireland, including a mother-and-son duo, are heading to Hector's Greyhound Rescue very soon.

"Rescues are bursting their banks with greyhounds and also have a lot of lurchers who are half-greyhound.


“Two of the dogs who will be on their way to Hector's are mum Scarlet, used for breeding, and her son Master.

"They are both very sweet – both need some TLC, some rest and recuperation.

“They'll be joined by Toby, an ex-coursing dog who had come to the end of his career, Jack, a failed racer thought to be around just two years old, and Dragomir and Tania, who had been handed in to a dog pound.

“All six will be available for adoption in due course.”

Anyone wishing to know more about the work that Hector’s does has a chance to see the dogs up close and personal can do so at the end of the month.

And with plenty of activities, people can play their part in helping the rescue centre in a position o accept new dogs.

Hayley added: “Hector's biggest fundraiser of the year is their annual Dog Show at the Oswestry Show Ground (SY11 4AB), on Sunday, June 25, where four-legged friends of all varieties are very welcome.

“And you can meet some of the greyhounds seeking a new home.

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“There are also stalls and other attractions, including a bird of prey display – entry is from 11am and costs £2 per adult with free parking.”

Hayley has been involved with Hector’s Greyhound Rescue since 2002 after volunteering to help a retired couple’s own centre.

She is now the chief executive of Hector’s and for more head to https://www.hectorsgreyhoundrescue.org/