Greyhound animal welfare

The greyhound racing industry, its promoters and regulators are responsible for the welfare of greyhound racing dogs.

If you are a greyhound owner, you must take responsibility for your greyhound's welfare and make sure trainers and others follow welfare rules.

Greyhound welfare

Greyhounds have the same rights as other animals, including all of the following:

  • access to food and water
  • safe and secure accommodation and living conditions
  • prevention and treatment of disease or injury
  • control of parasites
  • freedom from fear and distress.

The Northern Territory Government does not support any of the following behaviours:

  • any form of cruelty and neglect of greyhounds and other animals
  • acts or actions that cause or result in unjust, unnecessary or unreasonable pain
  • abuse
  • the use of live animals in greyhound training or racing
  • the use for greyhounds for unjustifiable medical experiments.

Kennels and enclosures

Greyhound enclosures must meet all of the following:

  • be kept clean and tidy and free of vermin
  • be designed and maintained to minimise risk of injury, disease, theft or escape
  • be designed for ease of cleaning, feeding and watering
  • have adequate shade from direct sunlight
  • be weather and rain proof
  • provide a dry and comfortable environment with light and ventilation
  • be securely fastened or locked
  • have individual sleeping areas with no bedding contact with the floor.

Food and water

Greyhounds must receive sufficient food and water.

All of the following food rules must be followed:

  • food must be stored to prevent it rotting
  • spoiled food must be removed from kennels, accommodation and feeding areas
  • easily chew-able eating and drinking utensils are not allowed
  • all dishes must be washed once a day.

Veterinary care

You must act quickly to prevent the spread of disease and protect the wellbeing of greyhounds.

Appropriate veterinary care must be provided for sick or injured greyhounds.

You must not allow diseased or injured greyhounds to do any of the following:

  • race
  • be overworked
  • offered for sale.

You must consult a vet if your greyhound has an unexplained illness or dies.


Healthy retired greyhounds should be given away as pets to appropriate homes.

When you retire a greyhound, you must say what is happening to the dog.

You will need to fill in the notification of retired registered greyhound form and submit it with the dog's registration certificate to the greyhound controlling body.

Notification of retired registered greyhound PDF (437.5 KB)
Notification of retired registered greyhound  DOCX (471.7 KB)


It is appropriate to euthanise a greyhound if it cannot recover from injury or illness, or its long-term wellbeing is in danger.

Euthanasia must only be performed by a veterinarian or other approved person.

Last updated: 14 November 2018

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