By the National Reporting Team’s Sam Clark.
Vision of a New South Wales greyhound trainer allegedly using a cattle prod on a dog has been referred to police by the industry regulator.
The vision, obtained by the ABC and filmed at Newcastle’s “The Gardens” track in 2012, appears to show a greyhound trainer using an electric cattle prod on a dog as it waits in the starting box.
It is understood the video only came to the attention of greyhound racing authorities in recent months.
The handheld prod is believed to be a Parmak “Stock Master”, which can deliver a 6,000-volt shock and is designed to be used for large cattle.
Greyhound Racing NSW’s interim chief executive officer Paul Newsom said in a statement that an independent investigation had delivered him its preliminary findings and had identified the trainer involved in the alleged incident.
“Given the atrocious nature of the conduct depicted in the video, I have referred the preliminary findings, along with the video footage, to the NSW Police Force to examine whether criminal charges can be laid against those involved,” Mr Newsom said.
“It is disheartening to have uncovered another example of greyhound racing industry participants engaging in a serious act of animal cruelty.”
Shatha Hamade from Animals Australia said the video was further proof that the NSW Government’s decision to shut down the state’s greyhound racing industry was the right one.