NSW trainer suspended following discovery of dead rabbits

Industry Update

AN UNNAMED participant has been placed on an interim suspension by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards after the discovery of three dead rabbit carcasses in the greyhound training areas of the person’s property.

GRNSW investigators attended the Hunter Valley property as a part of a targeted operation.

Following the discovery, GRNSW and the RSPCA NSW have launched an investigation into the matter to determine whether there has been any criminal offences committed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of the Greyhound Racing Rules.

Stephen Dodd, the GRNSW General Manager Regulatory explained that the operation, which took place on Wednesday, was the culmination of comprehensive intelligence work by GRNSW aimed at supervising the industry and ensuring participants comply with animal welfare standards as well as the rules of racing.

“As a regulator, GRNSW has transparently and decisively targeted serious wrongdoing through a risk-based process which involves an extensive program of property inspections, intelligence gathering and enforcement action,” Dodd said in a statement.

“In addition, GRNSW has a close working relationship with RSPCA NSW and NSW Police that allows each enforcement agency to rapidly identify wrongdoing and take appropriate measures.”

Dodd went on to explain that cruelty and animal welfare breaches are not acceptable within the greyhound racing industry, with offenders set to be removed from the sport.

“The message remains clear – GRNSW and the industry will not tolerate participants that cannot or will not meet the required welfare and integrity standards. Anyone who engages in such acts is not welcome in greyhound racing,” Dodd said.

Whilst the regulatory capacity of GRNSW has been enhanced over the past two years, more sweeping changes are expected in the near future.

In March, the NSW government announced that a an independent Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission will be established which will have the powers and responsibility of ensuring animal welfare standards are met.

The Commission will also be tasked with overseeing the integrity of the sport through monitoring and enforcement of the rules and adequate penalties for those found breaching the rules of racing.

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  1. These so called dog trainers obviously know nothing about training dogs.
    Greyhounds will chase with absolute commitment using their toys and squeakers, all you have to do is to get the toys to move. It’s not rocket science.
    We don’t need or want to know these people. Good riddance to the cruel bastards i say.

  2. Burno One don’t need to have a long neck to be a GOOSE !

  3. What happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty’? The investigation has not yet been completed!. This smacks of the ‘Newson Era’ of the Harry Sarkis live baiting allegation and The Gardens ‘cattle prod’ incident, both of which went nowhere.l

  4. I concede that point bjoe. Lets wait and see.
    However i stand firm on my other comments on live baiters.

  5. How good is the timing?

    The same week all GRNSW staff are told they will need to reapply for their jobs with the new GRIC and BANG!!!

    “…look we’re doing things…”

    Amazing coincidence.

  6. There were a lot of over things that went nowhere ? I think they call one of them corruption and this was before Newson came along ! and I’am not Grandstanding on the issue but its a factor in why the industry has no money,for the faithful.As for live baiters or those who use dead rabbits or skins are Banned. Newson told three hundred or so Participants three years ago at the Cessnock Track this practice will not be tolerated any more! At the moment these claims of dead rabbits on a property in the Hunter Valley are being investigated so lets allow the investigation to come up with a result before we pass judgement on anyone .

  7. I agree Burno but I think we should wait and see if they are guilty. I mean seriously a dead rabbit in rural Australia? Who would have thought? A dead rabbit is a pretty common occurrence in the bush.

  8. Yes Deborah, i have conceded the point… it could be a number of things like the new Calicivirus just released or another activist set-up. I get a bit carried away sometimes, must be a genetic fault… just can’t help it…
    I’m very busy this week my baby is running tomorrow, and good luck to you.

  9. I understand and I hate cruelty as well. Best of luck with your baby.
    Luv Deb