LEADING breeder and owner Greg Board is shocked at the decision by Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) to suspend two of his promising pups in the wake of the controversial live-baiting scandal.
Board, who is the owner of boom sire Spring Gun, had two pups at the property of Zeke ‘Ziggy’ Kadir when the RSPCA raids were conducted in February, but was only told last Friday his youngsters had been stood down.
“They (GRNSW) rang me on Friday and told me that they were suspended — not to try and name them, sell them or do anything with them,” Board said.
“They microchipped all the dogs on the property when they did the raids, so I think it is a little bit late to be doing this — if they were that worried about it then why didn’t they do something there and then?”
The unnamed greyhounds had only been at Kadir’s property for a matter of days and, according to Broad, were there for a bit of fine tuning.
“I broke them in myself and they were going very fast so I just wanted to make sure that they had a bit of box work so I sent them down there for five or six days just to have a bit of practice,” Board explained.
Board says it has been a similar story for his friend, who is new to the industry, and is now feeling very discouraged and deflated by the whole ordeal.
“I have got another mate, its the first time he has had dogs in his life and he has reared a litter of Spring Guns – they are beautiful dogs and he is only a battler- but they have told him the same thing. His little girls had already picked out the dogs names and now he is shattered.”
This is not the first time in recent weeks that Board has been affected by the scandal, with one of his star performers, Armed And Ready, suspended by Greyhound Racing Victoria after Darren McDonald was also stood down.
“I missed out the Ballarat Derby with Armed and Ready because they scratched him and he was going to take a hell of a lot of beating. I am waiting for my barrister to get back to me to see about some compensation for that.
“How is it legal that we are getting punished? They can’t tell you what you can do with your own dogs. They have no evidence that my dogs were blooded.”
Board, who has been in the industry for over 40 years, says the actions taken by the authorities to suspend his young dogs has been an overreaction to a despicable practice.
“It is very disappointing. I know what happened (the live baiting) shouldn’t have happened but we have got to move on from it,” he said.
“If they are talking about closing down the industry because of what has happened they may as well close down all of the Catholic schools in Australia for what the priests do and the Police force for all the corruption that goes on, it would be never ending. The world has gone mad.”
GRNSW confirmed on Monday in a press release it had suspended 28 greyhounds which were in the possession of participants currently suspended and under investigation for alleged live baiting incidents, however the statement did not mention any unnamed greyhounds such as Board’s which may also be affected.
Australian Racing Greyhound was able to confirm with GRNSW there are also unnamed greyhounds that have been implicated by the suspensions but, unlike the named greyhounds, they will be assessed on a case-by-case basis if and when GRNSW receive their naming applications.
The suspended greyhounds will not be able to compete or be nominated for any events, sold or transferred into the care, custody and training of any other person until their respective inquiries are finalised.
The named greyhounds are — Almost Quoted, Aussie Quoted, Best Quoted, Beyond, Bleiswijk Billy, Boss Electro, Cee Cee Quoted, Club Shiraz, Combat Shiraz, Disclosure, Fezz, Kevin In Bangkok, Lucky Quoted, Mighty Quoted, Monkey’s Uncle, No No Notorious, Now Quoted, Others Quoted, Raramuri, Ryno’s Raider, Stilton Combat, Stilton Riverboy, Steel Rose, Tarks Black Rose, Topper Blue, Turtleman, Unbroken and Viva La Moon .
GRNSW said that the suspensions were pre-emptive in order to prioritise animal welfare and the integrity of the sport and reflect its zero tolerance attitude towards cruelty to animals.
GRNSW said if they were to identify any other greyhounds exposed to live-baiting practices then they too would be suspended until an inquiry had been completed.
In its release, GRNSW said that the its inquiry will include an assessment into the adverse affects associated with live-baiting and that any decisions to life suspensions would be based upon expert veterinary advise.