Live baiting actually saved dogs, says disgraced trainer

DISGRACED greyhound trainer Tom Noble claims that hundreds of greyhounds would have been destroyed by their owners if they hadn't been able to kill live animals.

The Churchable trainer, now banned from the sport for life, said greyhounds who refused to chase were given live kills on the lure in a final bid to prove they could be competitive.

Mr Noble said he was known as someone who could get a dog to chase if the owner was desperate.

"It is the wrong thing to do but if you've got greyhounds and you're desperate, what are you going to do - put your dog down?" he said

"Wouldn't you rather put a feral pig down than your dog if you were in that position yourself?"

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