Greyhound owner calls for dog park

COMPANION: Amy Hirst, with her adopted former racing greyhound Bosco, would like to see a dog park in Port Lincoln.

COMPANION: Amy Hirst, with her adopted former racing greyhound Bosco, would like to see a dog park in Port Lincoln.

A Port Lincoln woman has added her voice to calls for a dog park in the city, due to the benefits it could have for her adopted greyhound.

Amy Hirst adopted her former racing greyhound Bosco last Christmas through the Greyhound Adoption Program SA.

Bosco, who formerly raced as ‘Boogiwoogie Boy’ had 41 starts with three wins.

Miss Hirst said she would love to take Bosco to a dog park because there were a lot of requirements for taking care of a former racing greyhound.

“There are some laws I need to abide by, one is when they come out of racing life into household life they have to wear a muzzle whenever they walk in public,” she said.

“They also can’t be let off a leash in a public place, it’s got to do with the fact they are chasers by nature so there’s no guarantee that they can be called back.”

Miss Hirst said greyhounds could go from zero to 60 kilometres per hour in three seconds and were second to the cheetah for the fastest land animal.

Miss Hirst found others who were wanting a dog park after asking on facebook if there was one in Port Lincoln.

She said aside from providing security for her dog, a dog park would also provide social benefits for Bosco.

“Socialisation of the dog post racing is important so taking them to a dog park, even as a way of socialisation would be great,” she said.

She voiced her wishes in a recent city council survey asking for suggestions for council land and assets.

Miss Hirst said she was hopeful the council would act on the requests from her and others asking for a dog park in Port Lincoln.

“It would be great, not just for socialisation for dogs but also an opportunity for people to get out of the house and create a greater community feeling,” she said.

Miss Hirst said she recommended others to consider adopting former racing greyhounds and to go online at gapsa.org.au

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