A kennel that housed greater than 70 greyhounds has been present in a “horrendous” state.



Celia Cross Greyhound Belief, a rescue charity for greyhounds, purchased Hillside Kennels in Guildford, Surrey, on 31 October.


When workers entered the positioning, they discovered faeces and claw marks on the partitions, in addition to reporting an “overpowering” odor.


A video posted reside on to Fb and pictures taken on the kennels by the Belief present strips of fly paper clogged up with useless flies, damaged doorways coated in filth, mud and cobwebs, piles of filth on the ground, and worn down partitions with deep scratches and stains.


Whole chunks of the wall seem to have been scratched away and patches of plaster have been rubbed away.


Just lately used bedding will be seen on the ground in addition to canine faeces.





This kennel in a block used by Mr Taylor had deep scratch marks. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Trust

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This kennel in a block utilized by Mr Taylor had deep scratch marks. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Belief






One of the many photos of the kennels. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Trust

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One of many many photographs of the kennels. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Belief



The Belief already owns kennels adjoining to Hillside Kennels.


When Jane Thompson, Celia Cross Greyhound Belief kennel supervisor and trustee, inspected the vacant premises, she stated: “I wasn’t anticipating the kennels to be in nice situation… we might odor them from our personal property.


“The stench was overpowering and the foul kennels had been in a harmful state of disrepair. This neglect will need to have been happening for a while.”


Nick Weston, head of campaigns for the charity League In opposition to Merciless Sports activities, visited the kennels on 2 November and informed Sky Information: “There aren’t any phrases for it aside from horrendous.


“The odor alone was appalling. I walked into one of many rooms and the odor simply hit me like a wall. It smelled of every little thing: urine, faeces, damp. It was a hellish combination of smells.”





Stains and worn away walls in the kennels. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Trust

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Stains and worn away partitions within the kennels. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Belief






Fly traps covered in flies and dirty kennel walls were photographed by the Trust. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Trust

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Fly traps coated in flies and soiled kennel partitions had been photographed by the Belief. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Belief



The kennels had been rented by greyhound coach Tony Taylor, who says he stored 72 canines on the website. Various the canines had been nonetheless energetic racing canines.


Final yr, Mr Taylor was given a yr’s discover to maneuver on and informed Sky Information he eliminated the final of his canines from Hillside kennels on 28 October this yr.


Mr Taylor says he has solely seen a number of the photographs taken by the Belief and believes “fairly just a few of the photographs are from a block we shut down about three-and-a-half years in the past since you could not put a canine in there actually”.


Sky Information despatched Mr Taylor the entire video and photographs to have a look at and confirm, however he didn’t reply.


The coach says he allowed another person’s canines to be stored within the block and an individual was left to wash the kennels.





Hillside dog Cooper was taken into the care of the Trust in 2016. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Trust

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Hillside canine Cooper was taken into the care of the Belief in 2016. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Belief






Fresh faeces were found in the kennels by the Trust. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Trust

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Faeces had been discovered within the kennels by the Belief. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Belief



In response to claims of smells of urine, faeces and damp, Mr Taylor stated: “Usually we stored it pretty clear to be sincere with you, however after I left I did depart about 9 or 10 canines to be rehomed.”


Mr Taylor says when he left he didn’t see any faeces, including: “I might odor a little bit little bit of pee nevertheless it did not odor very robust to me.”


Requested what state he would say all of the kennels had been in when he left: “To be sincere with you they did want work.”


Mr Taylor was given a grant of as much as £40,000 from the business regulator the Greyhound Board of Nice Britain (GBGB) however opted to spend the cash on his different kennels in Catford, as he knew he can be vacating the Guildford kennels.





Parts of the walls are scratched away or worn down. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Trust

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Elements of the partitions are scratched away or worn down. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Belief






Plaster had been rubbed off the walls in one of the kennels in a block used by Mr Taylor. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Trust

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Plaster had been rubbed off the partitions in one of many kennels in a block utilized by Mr Taylor. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Belief



He informed Sky Information: “It was simply unimaginable to have the funds for to do each. The canines had been sorted, they had been cared for, that they had good beds. It did want a lick of paint and some picket struts want changing and issues like that however I simply did not have the cash to do it.


“It was secure so far as I used to be involved… [if a kennel] seemed horrible and it did not look secure for a canine, I did not use it.”


He added: “The welfare of my canines comes paramount to me or I would not be doing this. I have been doing this all my life. I like the canines.”


The GBGB stated it inspected the kennels and gave steering on how you can enhance situations. It stated it monitored the positioning intently whereas the kennels had been nonetheless in use.


Mr Taylor has not confronted any disciplinary motion from the GBGB.





Jane Thompson was 'overwhelmed' by the smell in Hillside kennels. Pic: Kerry Jordan Whippets Snippets

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Jane Thompson was ‘overwhelmed’ by the odor in Hillside kennels. Pic: Kerry Jordan Whippets Snippets






Hillside Kennels. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Trust

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Hillside Kennels. Pic: Celia Cross Greyhound Belief



Mark Hen, managing director of GBGB, informed Sky Information: “Because the regulator for licensed greyhound racing, we demand the very best requirements of welfare from everybody concerned in our sport.


“We now have very strict pointers on how canines ought to be handled and what situations they need to be housed in.


“We conduct a minimal of two unannounced visits to residential kennels annually and are ready to take the strongest motion once we discover that situations are less than commonplace.


“This contains suspending trainers with fast impact.”


The GBGB stated it’s introducing various measures to take care of kennel requirements, together with creating a brand new code of apply.






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