Own­ers want grey­hound- only dog park time

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SNITCH -

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.”

Matt Bell.

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