VICTORIAN trainer Simon Green has avoided any penalty after allegedly shooting two of his greyhounds, Spanish Cloud and Spanish Berry, in or around July 2014.
It was reported Green made an admission to a member of Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) staff while they were conducting an inquiry into an incident at his property last year, with Stewards believing his actions warranted further investigation.
GRV stewards then charged Green after considering evidence he provided was a breach of Greyhounds Australasia’s Rule 86 (o) which relates to negligence, corruption, fraudulence or misconduct.
The case was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board with evidence given by GRV manager of investigations Greg Huntington and Animal Welfare Office Dr Linda Beer, who provided material regarding the issues surrounding the euthanasia of greyhounds and the public perception of actions such as Green’s.
While Green failed to attend the hearing, after considering all the evidence, the RADB decided to find Green not guilty of the offence he was charged with due to the limited evidence which was provided.
While considering its decision, the RADB were mindful of the ‘Victoria Code of Practice for the Private Keeping of Dogs’, which explains the acceptable euthanasia methods.
Within the Code of Practice, it is recommended that dogs are euthanised by lethal injection by a registered veterinarian, however it also states that a gun shot performed at close range by a licensed and proficient person is another acceptable form of euthanasia.
The RADB suggested that GRV urgently address any ambiguity within the racing rules that relate to the euthanasia of greyhounds.
While it is considered a humane method of euthanasia if performed correctly within the Code of Practice, it is thought to be a poor reflection on the image of the sport, and a method of the industry cannot approve of.