Banned Trainer & Benefits Cheat Kennels Retired Greyhounds for Homing Organisation
November 2019, CAGED receives calls from numerous residents from the South Wales area, we were advised that six retired greyhounds who were supposed to be under the care of the Greyhound Trust were placed with banned trainer & benefits cheat Derek Davy by a local rescue.
We contacted Clarissa Baldwin Chair of the Greyhound Forum & Mark Bird MD of the GBGB expressing our concerns. We first received correspondence from Clarissa stating Lisa has been notified & should respond direct to us, Mark gave a similar response in his reply.
The following day we received an email from Andrew Gillon Head of Operations and Welfare at the Greyhound Trust he stating - 'Lisa has brought it to my attention that you have approached the GBGB to discuss Greyhound Trust dogs currently residing in kennels in Wales owned by Derek Davey. I wanted to write to tell you that we are indeed looking into this and alternative kennelling arrangements. I will myself be visiting our Welsh branches next week.'
We gave it a week and got back in touch with Andrew for an update, Andrew replied - 'Apologies for the delay. Actually in Wales at the moment. I can confirm that we are looking at a few options for alternative kennelling arrangements.'
Two weeks later we receive a phone call from those who originally informed us of the situation that the Trust had visited the kennels and found the kennels satisfactory, in our email to Andrew we write 'we understand that the conditions at Derek Davy's kennels were satisfactory and the dogs have not been moved' to which Andrew replied - I didn’t have any immediate welfare concerns regarding the facilities when I visited, no.
We have published the above in the interests of transparency and in the interest of the public.