Section 45C(b) The Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (the Act) requires greyhounds to have a muzzle securely fixedto prevent them from biting any person or animal.
Greyhounds must be held on a leash of not more than 2 metres in length when off the owner's premises. The legislative requirement for physical restraint of the greyhound overrides any local council by-laws permitting dogs to be off leash in designated areas and/or dog parks.
Owners may apply for a greyhound muzzle exemption if their greyhound has passed an accredited safety test. If an exemption is granted, persons authorised to have care and control of approved greyhound are exempt from the requirement to muzzle the greyhound, on the condition that they carry the identification exemption when in control of the un-muzzled greyhound when off the premises at which the greyhound has been registered.
Should a greyhound be involved in an attack/harassment, the person registered as responsible for the greyhound, is required to notify the appropriate Council and the Dog and Cat Management Board immediately. The exemption will be revoked immediately and the registered owner will be subject to infringement in accordance with the relevant sections of the Dog and Cat Management Act, 1995.