New laws could make for easier adoption of ex-race dogs.
New laws could make for easier adoption of ex-race dogs.

Muzzle changes may help greyhounds

NON-RACING greyhounds will no longer have to wear a muzzle once they complete an approved retraining program under changes to NSW law aimed at encouraged adoption of more former racing dogs.

The changes announced last weekend follow the increase in numbers of greyhounds being adopted out rather than put down after their racing days, and the efforts of volunteer groups to find homes for the animals on “death row”.

Among those is Murwillumbah district woman Lisa White who has been working with Friends of the Hound to rehouse retired racing greyhounds in New South Wales and Queensland.

She has also spearheaded opposition to a new greyhound racing track at Murwillumbah telling Tweed Shire Council outrage in the community was growing against the “massive number of dogs bred and subsequently destroyed” in the greyhound industry.

Announcing the relaxation of the rule forcing all greyhounds to wear muzzles, Local Government Minister Barbara Perry said it would help ex-racing dogs find new homes.

“The decision will mean that many more greyhounds will now be rescued and placed with families rather than facing death row at the end of their racing career,” Ms Perry said.

But greyhound owners will still face tough dog control laws, even if their dog passes the suitability test, with greyhounds required to wear bright green collars in public.



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