Greyhound Racing Victoria confirmed yesterday that a firearm was allegedly discharged in the vicinity of two GRV Animal Welfare Officers and two other GRV staff.
The altercation came as the four attempted to undertake a routine inspection of a property in eastern Victoria. After the firearm was discharged the four allege they were then subjected to an attempted assault.
Greyhound Racing Victoria said iy was “aware of and deeply disturbed by the incident.”
The Domestic Animal Act’s Code of Practice for the Operation of Greyhound Establishments allows for inspectors and their assistants to ensure registered owners are complying with the terms of the Act.
“If these allegations are proven to be correct,” said Bernie Carolan, Chairman of the GRV, then it is another example of the kind of behaviour that is not welcome in the Victorian greyhound racing industry or anywhere for that matter.
Mr Carolan was referring to the behaviour of certain members who, in February, were found to have been using live baits to train their racing dogs.
The subsequent investigation found some licensed trainers were using animals such as possums, pigs and rabbits as lures in their training of greyhounds.
The subsequent outrage forced the various state governing bodies to implement a 10 year ban for those convicted of the practice.
Referring to the incident yesterday Mr Carolan said: “To think that someone could do this to staff there to help them is unfathomable.”