David Harkin and Merle Clarke, licensed trainers and committee members of the Coonabarabran Greyhound Club, were found to have to have European rabbits on their Gilgandra property after search by GRNSW compliance officers.

Members of the public had reported that the trainers were using live animals in their greyhound training. Under rule 86B of the Greyhound racing rules it is not permitted to have any live animal on a greyhound property that could be used as a lure.

R86B Offences relating to luring and baiting
(1) A person who, in the opinion of the Stewards or Controlling Body-
(a) uses in connection with greyhound training, education or preparation to race, or racing, any live animal, animal carcass or any part of an animal whether as bait, quarry or lure, or to entice, excite or encourage a greyhound to pursue it or otherwise; or
(b) attempts to possess, or has possession of, or brings onto, any grounds, premises or within the boundaries of any property where greyhounds are, or are to be trained, kept or raced, any live animal, animal carcass or any part of an animal for the purpose of being, or which might reasonably be capable of being, or likely to be, used as bait, quarry or lure to entice or excite or encourage a greyhound to pursue it; or
(c) causes, procures, permits or allows a greyhound to pursue or attack any live animal, animal carcass or any part of an animal;
(d) fails to use reasonable endeavours to prevent a greyhound pursuing or attacking any live animal, animal carcass or any part of an animal; or
(e) is in any way directly or indirectly involved in committing, or is knowingly concerned with, such conduct as set out in (a), (b), (c) or (d) of this Rule; or
(f) aids, abets, counsels or procures any person to commit such conduct as set out in (a), (b), (c) or (d) of this Rule; or
(g) is convicted in any Court of an offence in relation to the use of, or having in their possession, any live animal, animal carcass or part of an animal in connection with greyhound training, education or preparation to race, or racing
shall be disqualified for a period of not less than 10 years and, in addition shall be fined a sum not exceeding such amount as specified in the relevant Act or Rules, unless there is a finding that a special circumstance exists, whereupon a penalty less than the minimum penalty may be imposed.

“GRNSW has zero tolerance for animal mistreatment. Since instances of live baiting emerged earlier this year, GRNSW has focused attention on further strengthening its regulatory capability through increased investment in the areas of compliance, integrity and animal welfare,” Mr Newson of GRNSW said.

If you suspect or know of anyone that is mistreating animals or greyhounds then GRNSW urges you to contact 1800 680 174 or at www.greyhoundwelfare.com.au

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