Owners of greyhounds registered in NSW are required to notify or seek consent from GRNSW if they want to do certain things with their greyhound.
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 this requirement 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.