The updated Greyhound Rehoming Policy from the Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission, will come into effect on Monday 1 May 2023.
Key changes to the policy include:
- Greyhounds cannot be rehomed to facilities, in NSW or interstate, that conduct animal research, animal plasma or blood collection.
- Greyhounds can only be rehomed to Council pounds or animal shelters with a no-euthanasia policy, unless under exceptional circumstances and with the prior approval of the Commission.
- A greyhound cannot be euthanased unless;
- a veterinarian certifies that euthanasia is necessary for the welfare of the greyhound (medical euthanasia)
- it has been declared a dangerous dog under s 34 of the Companion Animals Act or by court order
- there is history of the greyhound biting a person (including medical evidence)
- it has failed a temperament assessment by a veterinary practitioner approved by GRNSW.
- A ‘Notice of Intention to Euthanase’ is no longer required for the above circumstances.
Owners seeking to euthanase a registered greyhound outside of these circumstances may be subject to disciplinary action.
More information regarding eligibility and preconditions, and how to access a temperament assessment will be confirmed shortly.
Please contact GWIC directly on 13 49 42 regarding any questions, or visit their website at www.gwic.nsw.gov.au.