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Horrific Mass Greyhound Grave Discovered In Queensland

Queensland police minister says killers are "oxygen thieves". WARNING: Contains graphic images.

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Detective Superintendent Mark Ainsworth said it's likely the dogs were shot, and no attempt was made to bury the bodies. "They were left out, some with a single gunshot wound, to be fed on by wild animals."

Graphic content: Photos have emerged of the mass grave of 55 #greyhound carcasses near Bundaberg #greyhoundracing

The investigation is being conducted as part of the Joint Greyhound Racing Inquiry Task Force but RSPCA spokesperson Michelle Beatty said the deaths are likely to have occurred before the Four Corners expose on live-baiting in the industry.

Queensland police minister Jo-Ann Miller has described the act as "the mass-murder of greyhounds." Speaking at a news conference Thursday she said "People who do this are oxygen thieves, cowards and pathetic".

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President of the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club Steve Bland says the crime is "appalling" and "disgraceful".

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Police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Detective Ainsworth has a strong warning for those responsible: "Come forward before we start knocking on your door."

Some of the 55 dead greyhounds dumped in southern Qld bushland had gunshot wounds. http://t.co/JIPFkppLSc

The shocking discovery has led to renewed calls to shut down the greyhound racing industry in Australia.

@JoAnnMillerMP Well this has been going on for years and no one listens. #petsNOTbets greyhound racing must stop

@9NewsBrisbane @Thew3B @RSPCAQld It's started and this won't be the last of it. Sick industry and the dogs suffer the most.

“@9NewsBrisbane: At least 55 dead greyhounds found in bushland near Bundaberg. ” More proof industry shld be shut down

This is why Greyhound racing should be banned "@smh: Police say 55 greyhounds found dead in bushland were shot ... http://t.co/gpvxPMxoUD”

Sadly, the RSPCA says the greyhounds were probably young dogs who didn't have the speed to race. If you're interested in adopting a greyhound, check out a national directory of dogs up for adoption here.

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