From website: Greenhounds (www.greenhounds.com.au) October 25 2011
NSW Local Government Minister Don Page today unveiled a new program which will allow pet greyhounds to become muzzle free in public places.
The Greenhounds program was made possible due to a commitment by the NSW Government – in conjunction with Greyhound Racing NSW – to reform muzzling laws for greyhounds.
Under the Greenhounds program, greyhound owners can apply to have their pets exempt from muzzling laws.
To qualify for the exemption, a greyhound must successfully complete an approved re-training program and pass a behavioural test conducted by an authorised assessor. Minister Page today launched guidelines setting out criteria for approved programs and authorised assessors, which are available on the Division of Local Government, Department of Premier and Cabinet website http://www.dlg.nsw.gov.au.
To participate in an approved program, a greyhound must also be de-sexed, microchipped and lifetime registered on the Companion Animals Register.
Once it becomes an approved “Greenhound”, a pet greyhound will be required to wear a special green collar at all times when in public places. The collar will be affixed with a Greenhounds tag that will carry the dog’s individual microchip number, allowing members of the public and council officers to easily identify exempt greyhounds.
Mr Page said the Greenhounds program brings NSW into line with Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
“For too long greyhound owners and adopters have battled the stereotype that the breed is an aggressive animal because it has had to wear a muzzle at all times while in public,” Mr Page said………………………