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Greyhounds as pets

The current requirement in the Dog Act 1976 for pet or retired racing greyhounds to be muzzled when in public is proposed to be removed.

Community consultation on the statutory review of the Dog Amendment Act 2013 was undertaken in mid-2019.

The State Government received 1192 written submissions advocating for the removal of the requirement for retired racing greyhounds to be muzzled in public places. In addition, a 2700 signature petition seeking an end to compulsory greyhound muzzling laws for pet greyhounds, was provided.

Removing the requirement for pet greyhounds to be muzzled in public places will improve the welfare of these animals and increase retired racing greyhound adoption.

Registered racing greyhounds will still need to be muzzled in all public places by application of the Greyhound Rules of Racing and all greyhounds will have to be on a lead.

More information on adoption and the proposed new laws which will remove muzzling requirements for pet greyhounds.

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Page reviewed 30 July 2019