Charged with illegal export of greyhounds

A man from Murringo and three others have been charged by NSW greyhound racing’s authoritative body for alleged roles in the illegal exporting of dogs to Asian countries.

Greyhound Racing NSW has charged four greyhound racing participants with multiple offences as part of the ongoing inquiry into the unauthorised exports of greyhounds to China and Macau.

According to the NSW branch, greyhound racing participants Paul Wheeler from Murringo, Danny Li, Wei Shan and Yiwen Xi face charges in relation to the alleged export of nine greyhounds to China without a greyhound passport and certified pedigree issued by Greyhounds Australasia. 

They have also been charged with conduct detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image, control and promotion of greyhound racing. 

The four men each face additional charges relating to the alleged failure to notify GRNSW of exports under the GRNSW Racing Rules.

Danny Li, Wei Shan and Yiwen Xi each face additional charges relating to their alleged failure to attend or produce documents to the Inquiry, as directed.

The participants will have an opportunity to respond to the charges at a hearing, scheduled to take place at the end of March 2018.

Greyhound Racing NSW has released a statement that said the body intends to make no further comment about the charges until a determination is made.

On October 23, 2017 Greyhound Racing NSW previously announced the disqualification of three other participants as part of the inquiry.

Greyhound Racing NSW also released a statement that read the body reminds all participants that any person intending to export a greyhound must, prior to meeting the quarantine and inspection service requirements of the relevant country, obtain a greyhound passport and certified pedigree issued by Greyhounds Australasia.

A Greyhound Racing NSW spokesperson said Greyhound Racing NSW encourages anyone who may have information about the unauthorised exportation of greyhounds to contact the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Hotline on 1800 600 174 or to ensure the matter can be fully investigated.