ACCREDITED greyhounds can now go muzzle free in public following a recent amendment to the Dog Control Act 2000, made late last year.
The Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) and Brightside Farm Sanctuary is now approved to assess and approve greyhounds to be un-muzzled in public.
GAP coordinator Susan Gittus said she was thrilled that the muzzle law on greyhounds had been lifted.
“In the past, most people who see a dog with a muzzle consider them as being aggressive, but that is certainly not the case with greyhounds,” she said.
“The muzzle law was never anything to do with aggression, so it is wonderful to have the muzzle law lifted.
“Now these dogs are perceived just like any other dogs in the community.”
Minister for Racing Elise Archer, who made the announcement, said greyhounds could be “wonderful, placid pets.”
“The Hodgman Liberal Government believes that every retired greyhound should have the opportunity to go muzzle free in public, provided they have undergone appropriate medical and behavioural assessments,” she said.
“It’s great news for both current and future greyhound owners and will assist in the industry’s ongoing efforts to have as many greyhounds rehomed as possible.”
Greyhounds obtained from GAP with a numbered green collar can be un-muzzled in public immediately without needing to do anything else.
Any greyhound without a collar must contact GAP to have one issued, as this identifies a greyhound as having passed the suitability program.
For greyhounds obtained from Brightside Farm Sanctuary, owners need to contact Brightside to obtain a numbered orange collar.
For more information, visit https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/racing/greyhound-un-muzzling-information.
Caption: Minister for Racing and Local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer with Greyhound Adoption coordinator Susan Gittus.