Owners want greyhound- only dog park time
PET greyhounds would be given exclusive access to local dog parks and sporting fields under a plan being pushed by owners’ groups.
Blue Mountains, Inner West and Newcastle Councils are investigating options to give greyhounds an allocated spot where they can sprint in a straight line.
The idea is in response to lob- bying by Wollongong dog owner Matt Bell, who says current facilities for greyhounds are “a recipe for disaster”.
Mr Bell said pet greyhounds don’t mix well with other dogs and need their own area.
“Fenced off-leash areas, in their current state, are totally unsuitable for greyhounds as there is a high probability of colli- sion with other breeds of dogs,” he said. “This is a recipe for disaster for greyhounds with very thin skin and fragile bodies.
“All that our greyhounds require is two to three hours per week on a large fenced, unobstructed block of land.
“Councils have the opportunity to be NSW, even nationwide leaders in solving the problem of recreational space for retired greyhounds.”
Mr Bell said an increasing number of synthetic sporting fields, which are slippery for dogs.
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “I accept that these dogs are different and that we may be able allocate some times when the dogs can run more regularly.”