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    Hi guys, new to the site but wanted to ask a question.

    On the w/e my dog (greyhound) was found in our back yard with severe injuries. He had a large deep wound on his leg and what appeared to be a puncture wound ontop of his head. He was taken to the vet but died whilst being operated on.

    At first we thought maybe a dog had come into our yard somehow and maybe they had a fight? Or perhaps he had hurt himself on something. He later died from his head injury and the vet told us what appeard to be a puncture wound was actually from receiving a massive blow to the head which didn't look like much from the outside has smashed his skull into small pieces and green paint was found in the wound.

    The vet is certain he couldn't inflict this kind of injury on himself. So police and RSPCA were called and the forensic guy seemed to think he may have hurt himself running into the clothes line (which is green) however the vet still disagrees as the impact had to be very very hard. Has anyone heard if anything like this before? A dog injuring themselves to this extent?

    The clothes line isn't broken or has anything the could be of danger. We're hopeing it's some kind of freak accident and don't want to believe someone actually could have done this.
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    I have heard of dogs breaking bones, dislocating shoulders etc by running into fixed objects. Just doing zoomies or playing. I've seen a ridgeback (later found out it had eye sight problems) run flat out into a cyclone mesh fence, and a labrador slam into a park bench. Not to mention loads of dogs crash in to people (standing still) and other dogs and a dog run into a car (that it was not chasing).

    But I don't know if this is what happened to your dog, whether there was enough room in your yard for it to get up enough speed to damage itself in this way.

    It would be fairly easy to check if the green paint on your dog's head matches the clothes line or check for missing paint on your clothesline at a height the dog might have its head when running. If the missing paint is higher up - maybe something else happened.

    My clothesline is a very old hills hoist with a sticky out handle that could serious damage my dog - so I often put milk crates against it so she's less likely to run into it.

    I don't know if a dog that injured itself in the leg would then run blindly around the yard and crash or if it crashed and was injured because it was being chased by something. What could have caused the injury on the leg?

    The only other thing I can think of is that someone swung the dog around by the legs and hit its head that way but I don't like thinking about that. There should be a mark on the clothesline if this happened. If that's what the head hit.

    So sorry your dog had such a horrific series of injuries.

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    So sorry for your loss ...................Last May my small dog Tessa (golden cross BC) gave herself a severe injury from which she almost died......She ran into a fallen tree, whilst chasing a rabbit and got a branch tip into her groin. All self injury, except we were there to see it and took her straightto the vet. If we had not been ther she may have bled out. She had to have surgery, have the bits of stick removed and had three drains in for about a week. They just do not think of what they are doing when they are chasing/running after something.....
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    Thank you for your response, the yard has been thoroughly searched and apart from the clothes line, which doesn't have have any damage or sharp objects, we can see nothing that could have caused him any injury. We have had him for 7 years now and the yard has always been the same way. He would often run fast up and down the yard to stretch his legs but the vet said it's hard to imagine he could gain enough speed to cause that kind of damage. Our clothesline is about 20m from our house and no body heard a thing that night. Although he has never barked at intruders (only cats and possums) he was very friendly. We have another small dog a mini foxie x moodle. Who gets locked on the front deck at night times but she definately would have barked if an intruder came through the front gate. I have heard of a dog injuring its self running head onto things just not to this extent. Wondering if it's possible/happenned before. Just looking for some answers. He was a lovely and kind natured dog.

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    I can't offer any advice, but would like to sincerely offer my sorrowfulness for what happened to your precious dog. I hope you get to the bottom of it.

    All the best

    Adrian

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    Don't listen to the cop. I've had them describe exactly how my house was broken into by the marks on the door . I could tell they didn't give a rats and wanted to leave so I didn't even bother telling them the marks where there for years from every time the door shut.
    So sorry this happened to your dog.
    Have you asked any of your neighbours if they saw anything or anyone suspicious around your property ? Might be worth a try. I really hope you can get some answers


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    How awful for you Sarah

    I cannot imagine how this could have happened, but hope one day you get to the bottom of it.

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    It would almoast be better if it were a self injury...to think someone could have done this is scary and worrisome......I just feel so sad for you
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    I am so sorry.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I asked around at neighbours as the police seem to believe he hurt himself crashing onto the verandah. Just asking if anyone may have seen/heard anything odd, not pointing any fingers. At my next door neighbours (new been there a few months rental place) I noticed blood spots on their front verandah. I didn't want to ask what they were from, only noticed that they look exactly the same as the blood still in my steps from my injured dog when he hobbled up the stairs in the morning. Same colour and I'm guessing same age, looked exactly the same. But they have children and a dog of their own. He said he was out on the night it happenned. But I am sure I saw him there early the morning after, At that stage though I wasn't thinking it could be someone just that he may have done it to himself. Does this seem suspicious? The police really aren't taking it too seriously. Scary and don't know where to go from here,

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