Dead rabbits found on Hunter training grounds

A HUNTER Valley greyhound participant has been suspended after authorities found three dead rabbits in dog training areas on his property.

Greyhound Racing NSW said it had started an investigation with the RSPCA to determine if criminal offences had been committed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act or any offences have been committed under the GRNSW Greyhound Racing Rules.

Regulator Stephen Dodd said the discovery was a result of “extensive intelligence work”, and that the authority’s “regulatory capability” had increased. 

“GRNSW is determined to rid the sport of rogue elements that refuse to abide by the rules of racing and are unwilling to adopt the highest of animal welfare and integrity standards,” Mr Dodd said. 

“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.

“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 said those found guilty of cruelty would 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,” Dodd said.