Rule 212 – Minimum requirements for all residential licensed Kennels and Transportation of GreyhoundsThe following shall be minimum requirements for all residential Licensed Kennels :-

  • Each Greyhound shall be accommodated in secure Kennels with not more than two Greyhounds housed in each unit.
  • Buildings shall preferably be constructed of Brick, Concrete or Breeze. Timber or other suitable material approved by the Club can be used providing that all walls, partitions and passageways have readily cleanable surfaces and that they are lined with an approved fire resistant material; (N.B. Local planning permission may be required for such construction). Buildings shall have a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet 6 inches) head room, with adequate enclosed grooming space or enclosed veranda.
  • Each double unit shall be at least 2.3 metres (7 feet 6 inches) in depth, with a width of at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) and provided with a removable wooden (or similar insulating material) bench to give a single bedding area of at least 1 metre square (3 feet 3 inches square) with a depth of 20cm (8 inches) from the floor. The distance from the front of the bed to the front of the Kennel shall be at least 1.25 metres (4 feet). Single units shall be at least 2.3 metres (7 feet 6 inches) depth, with a width of at least 1.0 metre (3 feet 3 inches).
  • The floor of the Kennels shall be constructed of a non-absorbent material, the surface of which is properly maintained and easily cleaned.
  • Each Kennel shall be provided with adequate natural or artificial light and regulated ventilation.
  • All excreta and soiled material shall be removed at least twice daily and more often if necessary from all living compartments and at least once daily from exercise areas.
  • All Greyhounds accommodated on the premises shall be provided with suitable bedding material and be given adequate exercise.
  • Facilities shall be provided for the collection of all used bedding and other waste material which shall be disposed of in a manner approved by the Local Authority.
  • All Greyhounds shall be adequately supplied with suitable food and water and visited at suitable intervals.
  • Ample exercise facilities shall be readily available. Greyhounds in all public places shall be muzzled correctly and securely and kept on a lead and shall not be exercised in parks or other public recreation grounds.When Greyhounds are being transported the Trainer will be responsible for the safety and welfare of those Greyhounds. This will include suitable restraint and adequate air management to ensure their well-being at all times, including when the vehicle is stationary
  • Children under the age of 15 years shall not be in charge of a Greyhound.
  • Double action locking devices shall be fitted to the inside of all doors and windows giving access to the Kennels, except the one giving general entrance, where the locks shall be operated on the outside. Bars shall be fixed over the inside of all windows and skylights or; alternatively, suitable close mesh or gauze shall be fitted to the inside of windows and/or ventilators. All hinges and screws thereof shall be covered or made secure by extra bolts.
  • All supplies of food shall be kept in a secure place which shall be kept clean and vermin free at all times.
  • All reasonable precautions shall be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases.
  • A Greyhound in Licensed Kennels shall be required to have had inoculations as required by Rule 60.
  • Complete cleansing and disinfection of any Kennel shall be carried out when vacated and before any other Greyhound is admitted to that Kennel.
  • All heating appliances hall be of such construction as to constitute no risk of fire.
  • All premises shall be provided with running water; electric light and telephone.
  • All premises shall be provided with adequate fire Fighting equipment.
  • All premises shall be provided with over-night supervision to the satisfaction of the Area Stipendiary Steward.
  • The keeping of any other live animal, bird, rodent, etc that could be used in any way for training, coursing, etc., or the use thereof, is forbidden absolutely at all Licensed Kennels.
  • Any breach of the above requirements may result in the suspension of the Trainer’s Licence. An inspection fee shall then be payable before any new application for a Licence is considered.

Rule 213 – Residential licensed kennels for more than four greyhoundsFor residential Licensed Kennels capable of housing more than 4 Greyhounds at any time, the following shall apply in addition to the requirements of Rule 212:-

  • Kennel floors shall be sloped to draining channels and drains, removable traps to be fitted between the former and the latter.
  • Paddocks of approximately 20 metres (65 feet 6 inches) by 8 metres (26 feet 3 inches) shall be provided in the ratio of one paddock to every 12 Greyhounds, and shall be enclosed by chain link or other suitable fencing to a minimum height of 2 metres (6 feet 6 inches).
  • A cook house and food stores shall be provided for preparing food for the Greyhounds and should be separated from the Kennels. These premises shall be kept clean and vermin free at all times. Refrigeration facilities (which shall be kept locked) shall be provided where fresh meat is used. All bulk supplies of food shall be kept in vermin proof containers and locked.
  • Precautions taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases shall include the provision of adequate isolation facilities. Isolation Kennels shall be single Kennels of not less than 2.3 metres (7 feet 6 inches) depth by width 1.0 metre (3 feet 3 inches) with a small separate paddock, provided in the ratio of one isolation Kennel to every 12 Greyhounds and shall be entirely separate from the main Kennels.
  • Where burglar alarms are deemed necessary by the Area Stipendiary Steward, they shall be fitted to his/her satisfaction .
  • Adequate working and lavatory accommodation shall be provided for staff.
  • The NGRC shall be informed of any extensions or construction of new Kennels (including exercise area) and written approval shall be obtained before works commence. All proposals for such works shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Authority, for both Planning Approval and/or Building Regulations Approval as may be necessary.
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