Clarification of Kennel Size Requirements

We have received feedback with concerns regarding the Kennel Facility Design (Section 2 and 7.2) in the new Health and Welfare Standards. The Welfare Committee has reviewed this and clarify the requirements as follows.

The Kennel Facility Design standard has been in place since 2013. The stated size for kennels (3m2) and whelping facilities (15m2) has been determined for the benefit of the health and welfare of a dog breed the size of a greyhound.

We have no intention of forcing a rebuild at considerable capital expense for existing kennel and whelping facilities (including fencing) that do not meet the sizes in the standards. However, all new construction or reconstruction will need to meet the standard as required under our current code. Clearly, if there are any substandard sized kennels, they will require remedial work. All other standards regarding kenneling will be enforced from 1st February 2019, as per the advisory posted 5/6/18.

The 3m2 size stipulation is between the recommended minimum for the housing of large and extra large dogs within the Code of Welfare for Dogs in NZ and the Codes of Practice for boarding kennels. The boarding kennel codes also refer to 1.8m being a minimum fence height.

GRNZ’s position is that greyhounds fall in the middle of these specified sizes but understand the minimums for extra large dogs may be more difficult to comply with, so have determined a median size.  The dog code sizes are based on weight, but do not recognise that the weight of greyhounds is lighter and that the conformation of greyhounds is longer and higher than the average NZ dog in the same weight range. The principle is always that caged animals must be able to stand up, turn around stretch and lie down.

GRNZ’s Health and Welfare Standards have also considered the substantial amount of time the average racing greyhound is housed in a kennel within its determination of the Kennel Facility Design standard. Our goal is to reach a high standard of welfare for our greyhounds during the extended amount of time they spend housed in their kennels.

 

Posted on 2/07/2018 4:41:29 PM

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