Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Heartache for Ockendon Greyhound refuge as they lose their home

STAFF at the Ockendon branch for rehoming retired greyhounds are appealing for help after they were suddenly left homeless.

According to staff at the Retired Greyhound Trust in Ockendon Road, North Ockendon, they were given very little notice by the proprietor, Linda Jeffrey, over a dispute about the conditions of the kennels.

Twenty greyhounds were quickly put into temporary accommodation, but each now needs a permanent home.

The premises is now securely locked with a very clear message of “Keep Out”.

South Ockendon resident, Pat Philpot, who runs GreyhoundHomer told YT: “It has all come as a real shock. We have been here for a long time and gained a great reputation.

“We phoned round all the trainers and people we know and put dogs all over the place, just to get them into homes.”

The Trust is well known in Thurrock. Their green lorry is a regular feature in all the fetes and shows throughout the summer. YT has made a number of films there over the past four years.

Questions have been raised as to why the decision was made so quickly. YT understands that the Trust may not have had security of tenure.

Others have questioned whether a recent court case involving Linda Jeffrey may have influenced her decision.

According to the Daily Mail, Mrs Jeffrey may face a court bill of £150,000 following a dispute with her neighbour in West Hanningfield.

YT spoke to Mrs Jeffrey who on being questioned said: “No comment” and promptly put the phone down.

Chief exec of the Retired Greyhound Trust Peter Laurie remains philosophical. He said: “Last week the volunteers at our GreyhoundHomer branch had no option but to move 20 retired racing greyhounds in the care of the branch from kennels on the Ockendon training complex to temporary accommodation in Wickford.

“Thanks to the wonderful efforts of all the volunteers involved, the greyhounds are being well looked after until they can be placed in loving homes.

“We are committed to the continued care of retired greyhounds.”

GreyhoundHomer finds homes for up to 200 greyhounds a year.

GreyhoundHomer, which is one of the Retired Greyhound Trust’s 70 regional branches, was set up in 2006 and has rehoused more than 800 dogs since then.

If you are interested in helping by adopting a retired greyhound, or can support the branch in another way, contact Pat Philpot on 01708 551 689 or visit www.greyhoundhomer.co.uk.

Here is a film, YT made nearly three years ago.

1 COMMENT

  1. I hope Linda Jeffries is a shamed of herself (I doubt it), this is a charity that only has one objective and this is to re-home Greyhounds.

    I have 2 greyhounds from the RGT, and they are permanent members of my family, you could not ask for a more loyal and affectionate family dog.

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