Breeding Ban Placed On Victorian Greyhound Participants

Chris Constantinou Report:

Stewards on 2 July 2014 conducted an Inquiry into the keeping of greyhounds at the Devon Meadows property belonging to Mr. Constantinou.

Stewards heard evidence from GRV Member Services Manager Mrs. Kate Williams and licensed trainers Mr. Constantinou and Mr. Hill. Stewards also tendered reports from Adam Evans (GRV – Animal Welfare Compliance and Education Officer).

After considering all the evidence, Stewards acting in accordance with GAR15(3), altered the conditions of Mr. Constantinou’s registration –

– No Further breeding of Greyhound litters
– No Transfer of Greyhound Brood Bitches
– No Transfer of ownership of any Greyhounds by Mr. Constantinou unless approved by GRV Stewards.

These alterations will remain in place pending a further kennel inspection to be conducted on or around 16 August, 2014.

Bradley Hill Report:

Stewards on 2 July 2014 conducted an Inquiry into the keeping of greyhounds at the Devon Meadows property belonging to Mr. Hill.

Stewards heard evidence from licensed trainers Mr. Constantinou and Mr. Hill; Stewards also tendered reports from Adam Evans (GRV – Animal Welfare Compliance and Education Officer).

After considering all the evidence, Stewards acting in accordance with GAR15(3), altered the conditions of Mr. Hill’s registration –

– No Further breeding of Greyhound litters
– No Transfer of Greyhound Brood Bitches
– No Transfer of ownership of any Greyhounds by Mr. Hill unless approved by GRV Stewards.

These alterations will remain in place pending a further kennel inspection to be conducted on or around 16 August, 2014.

ARG View:

Since the announcement of the joint animal welfare strategy by the GRV and GRNSW the topic has been a major focus at the GRV. This decision is further evidence that incidents involving animal welfare won’t be tolerated and for that the GRV are to be commended. It’s a focus that can only help the industry long term.

Past Discussion

  1. After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Mitchell with a breach of GAR106 (1) 
    (b) in that on or between 6 March 2014 and 2 April 2014, as a registered person he did fail 
    to provide proper exercise to greyhounds which were kennelled at Mr. Mitchell’s kennels, 
    those greyhounds being in his care and custody. 
    After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Leigh Mitchell was 
    guilty of failing to provide proper exercise to greyhounds which were in his care and custody. 
    He was suspended for one month, wholly suspended for nine months pending no further 
    breaches of GAR106 during this period, effective from 8 July 2014.

  2. After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Mitchell with a breach of GAR106 (1) 

    (b) in that on or between 6 March 2014 and 2 April 2014, as a registered person he did fail 

    to provide proper exercise to greyhounds which were kennelled at Mr. Mitchell’s kennels, 

    those greyhounds being in his care and custody. 

    After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Leigh Mitchell was 

    guilty of failing to provide proper exercise to greyhounds which were in his care and custody. 

    He was suspended for one month, wholly suspended for nine months pending no further 

    breaches of GAR106 during this period, effective from 8 July 2014.