Three reasons why they can’t keep the dogs

Peter Flann with two of the greyhounds needing rehoming. Photo: Jessica Hromas Peter Flann with one of the greyhounds he has rescued. Photo: Jessica Hromas
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Jagger is one of the greyhounds needing a home. Photo: Jessica Hromas

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Greyhound and animal welfare groups are struggling to cope with a record number of greyhounds that need re-homing as the racing industry is fighting for its survival after a series of scandals including the live baiting.

In the past week there have been reports of greyhound welfare groups being asked to take up to 20 dogs at a time.

Greyhound Rescue, an organisation set up by Peter and Janet Flann​ to find homes for dogs that were no longer wanted in the racing industry, is at capacity with more than 70 dogs needing adoption or foster care.

Mr Flann said they have no room left to take in new dogs that need to find homes.

The RSPCA has nine greyhounds that need homes, including three in Sydney, four on the Central Coast, one at Shoalhaven, and one in the Hunter.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said in the 2015 financial year 54 greyhounds had come into their care and of those 35 were surrenders.

In the previous year 69 greyhounds had come into care across the state, 36 of these were surrenders. She said the most common reasons for surrendering the dogs was:

1. Don’t Want

2. Can’t afford, or

3. Abandoned by original owner and can’t keep.

A spokesman for the industry regulator Greyhound Racing NSW said its Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) program would make every reasonable endeavour to meet the demand for greyhounds needing rehoming.

“On average, new greyhounds are accepted into the program weekly after pre-booking a position at GAP. The current greyhound intake and adoption process is designed to maximise the likelihood that the greyhounds will transition well into pet life.

“Any reports to Greyhound Racing NSW of emergency or welfare related cases are escalated to accommodate these greyhounds,” said the spokesman.

Last week the national body Greyhounds Australasia announced it had appointed KPMG to study the movement of greyhounds throughout their life cycles and develop a scenario based model to help make decisions that will ensure a sustainable future for greyhound racing.

Greyhounds Australasia Chief executive Scott Parker said the model will directly “support the key objective of industry reform which is to overcome the challenge of excessive greyhound breeding and stopping the unnecessary euthanasia of greyhounds”.

Mr Parker said in particular, the modelling will help identify the number of greyhounds required to be bred that meet moral obligations to the community, the commercial obligations of each jurisdiction while respecting the rights of industry participants.

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