On 26 August 2016, the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Act 2016 came into effect. Under the legislation, owners of greyhounds registered in NSW are required to notify or seek consent from GRNSW if they want to do change their status, location or ownership of their greyhound.
Owners of a registered greyhound are required to notify GRNSW, in writing, before transferring the greyhound:
- to another registered owner, or
- to a greyhound adoption program conducted in accordance with a protocol approved by the RSPCA NSW or Animal Welfare League (AWL) NSW.
At present, RSPCA NSW and AWL NSW are the only programs conducted in accordance with the protocols. A link to a list of RSPCA shelters and branches in NSW is available at the RSPCA’s website here. A link to a list of AWL NSW branches in NSW is available at AWL’s website here. Please note that not all branches accept animals.
A greyhound owner is prohibited, except with the written consent of GRNSW, from:
- retiring a greyhound and keeping it as a pet
- transferring a greyhound to a non-registered person (i.e. an independent adoption program, local pound, private sale, friends or family)
- exporting a greyhound overseas, or
- euthanasing a greyhound.
Owners must not do the above things unless they have received written consent from GRNSW.
In the case of euthanasia of a greyhound, GRNSW consent is not required if the greyhound is euthanased by a veterinary practitioner in an emergency in order to relieve it of suffering or distress due to injury or illness.
Persons found to have breached these rules are liable to a maximum fine of between $1100 and $5500. GRNSW may also take further action against anyone found to have breached these requirements and the maximum penalty that may be imposed under the Greyhound Racing Rules is $22,000 and/or suspension, disqualification, warning off and/or cancellation of registration.