As of 1 July 2019, the legal requirement for pet greyhounds to be muzzled in public no longer applies for greyhounds registered on the NSW Pet Registry.

The change is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to improving living standards and re-homing rates for the breed and to help improve whole-of-life tracking of racing greyhounds.

Just like all breeds of dogs in NSW, greyhounds will still be required to be on a leash while in public at all times.

A greyhound will still require a muzzle in an off-leash area if it has not undergone an approved retraining program. Greyhounds that have completed this program will continue to wear identifying green collars, or, alternatively the person in charge of the animal can carry a completion card.

The same penalty that applies now for an un-muzzled greyhound in an off-leash area will still apply if the animal has not completed an approved retraining program.

In addition, the Office of Local Government will be issuing the attached guidance recommending that owners muzzle their pet greyhound for eight weeks after registering their animal. This cautious approach will allow the greyhound to settle into its new environment and the owner to monitor and assess the dog’s behaviour.

These changes deliver on a recommendation by the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel and follow extensive consultation with the industry and the community. Changes are being implemented in a way that balances the welfare of greyhounds and other animals, with community safety.

We are committed to supporting re-homing efforts, particularly of ex-racing greyhounds, and thank those of you who continue to assist the Government with our shared aim of promoting responsible pet ownership and improving animal welfare standards.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Local Government’s Program Delivery team on 02 4428 4100 or olg@olg.nsw.gov.au

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