News and Updates / 11 February 2019: Investigation into greyhound identity mix-up

11 February 2019: Investigation into greyhound identity mix-up

The Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission has completed an investigation into the identification of two greyhounds. The paperwork obtained by the owner of one of the greyhounds related to the other unnamed greyhound. The Commission’s stewards identified the error when one of the greyhounds presented for a Performance Trial with the incorrect paperwork on 1 December 2018.

The Commission worked to rectify the incorrect documentation between 4 - 10 December 2018, however due to an administrative error, one of the greyhounds was permitted to race at Bulli on 15 December 2018, before the error had been corrected.

That greyhound has since been disqualified from the race in accordance with GAR 64(1) of the Greyhound Racing Rules and no further penalty has been imposed.

The Commission accepts responsibility for the error that allowed the greyhound to race, and has since taken an audit of the process and implemented a new procedure to ensure all greyhounds are correctly identified prior to racing or trialling.

The Commission apologises for the error and will continue to work with stewards and participants to adhere to the appropriate identification protocols prior to racing.

To view the inquiry decision in full, click here.