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More than 500 SA greyhounds killed in year

AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016

More than 500 greyhounds were euthanised in South Australia in the past year, with the figure revealed as the industry finally succumbed to pressure to release details on the number of deaths ahead of a possible parliamentary inquiry.

Greyhound Racing SA (GRSA) said 513 dogs were euthanised in 2015/16, including 31 due to racing injuries.

A further 639 dogs were rehomed.

The regulator's projected figures for the next two years expect 325 dogs will be euthanised and 775 rehomed in 2016/17 with 150 dogs euthanised and 850 rehomed by 2017/18.

GRSA chief executive Matt Corby says dogs can be euthanised for medical issues or because of their temperaments.

But he concedes the sport still has issue with people killing dogs for being too slow.

He says South Australia aims to eliminate all "unnecessary" deaths by mid-2018.

"There's no code in any state that is spending more and achieving more in terms of rehoming outcomes than GRSA," Mr Corby told Radio FiveAA on Wednesday.

The data came as the SA Legislative Council was expected to vote on a Greens motion on Wednesday to establish a parliamentary inquiry following moves to ban the sport in NSW from July next year.

RSCPA SA, which has been calling on GRSA to release key industry figures for more than a year, said the information released on Wednesday was not enough.

"Finally, on the day of the vote about a greyhound inquiry, GRSA has released one year of unverified data, and projected these numbers for the next two years," RSPCA SA chief executive Tim Vasudeva said.

"GRSA are still not being transparent. We still don't know how many healthy greyhounds the industry has killed over the past five years."

Animals activists also criticised the industry with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group believing euthanasia figures were "woefully understated".

The South Australian government has so far stood by the industry, which believes a parliamentary inquiry would be a waste of money but at the same time indicating it will co-operate if it goes ahead.

Before moving her motion on Wednesday, Greens MP Tammy Franks said she was concerned that rogue trainers from NSW would end up in SA.

In parliament Labor and Liberal MPs combined to defeat the motion for an inquiry in a vote Ms Franks said protected an industry shrouded in secrecy.

"We were asking for an inquiry, not a witch hunt," she said.

"Labor and Liberal MPs should have opened up this industry to ensure transparency today, without that it will limp along lacking in public trust."

Ms Franks will now introduce legislation to force GRSA to report accurately and annually on the number of dogs bred, raced, euthanased and needlessly killed.

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