On 26 August 2016, the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Act 2016 (the Prohibition Act) came into effect. Under the Prohibition Act, owners of greyhounds registered in NSW are required to notify or seek consent from Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) if they want to do certain things with their greyhound.
The Prohibition Act was introduced following the NSW Government’s decision to end greyhound racing in NSW from 1 July 2017 and will assist in the tracking and welfare of greyhounds during the transition period.
The Prohibition Act requires the owner of a registered greyhound 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.
Owners can notify GRNSW by completing the Notification of Intention to Transfer Form and sending it to GRNSW at firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to PO Box 170, Concord West NSW 2138.
Under the Prohibition Act 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.
To request consent from GRNSW, please complete the Consent Form and send it to GRNSW at email@example.com or post it to PO Box 170, Concord West NSW 2138.
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 the Prohibition Act are liable to a maximum fine of between $1,100 and $5,500. GRNSW may also take further action against anyone found to have breached these requirements and the maximum penalty that may be imposed under the Rules is $22,000 and/or suspension, disqualification, warning off and/or cancellation of registration.
Information for owners
Information for veterinarians
Information for independent adoption groups and pounds