The greyhound, named Lucy, was taking part in a "meet and greet" with Greyhound Rescue and Co-ordinated Emergencies (GRACE), which was being run by Turnbull's friend Tracy Cook in South Shields, England. Lucy had been rescued after being raced at the "flapping" tracks in England, which are independent greyhound tracks not overseen by any industry body. These unlicensed tracks have no requirements for veterinary care, which leads to countless cases of animal cruelty and neglect.
Beneath the greyhound's red jacket, Turnbull could see the the dog was painfully thin, suggesting she'd been starved prior to her rescue. Turnbull sat next to her for a long time, stroking the soft black fur on her head, and letting the dog lick her hand.
Turnbull spent the day at the meet-and-greet with Cook, and by late afternoon, Turnbull knew she wasn't going home without Lucy. "She kept coming to me all day, and I just knew she needed to come home with me," Turnbull tells The Dodo. "I had to take Lucy home with me and nurse her back to health."