CENTRAL West detectives have shifted the focus of their investigation into false claims of a mass greyhound grave near Dubbo.
Last Thursday, officers linked with Orana Local Area Command attended the property of Dubbo Greyhound Racing Club president Shayne Stiff and his partner, leading trainer Charmaine Roberts.
After conducting a thorough review of the property, as well as checking vet records in relation to the euthanasia of some of their dogs, officers were left satisfied of no wrongdoing.
The tip-off came from the office of Dubbo MP and deputy premier Troy Grant, who has been a target of the greyhound industry in the wake of the decision to ban the sport from July 1, 2017.
Letters had been sent to Mr Grant’s office and then forwarded to police.
“On a number of occasions between early July and early August, my electorate office received anonymous documents alleging illegal activity,” Mr Grant said.
“As required, my office passed this information promptly to police and my staff were interviewed by police.
“I have not made this public as it was solely a matter for authorities to investigate and determine the veracity of the allegation.”
Orana Local Area Command investigations manager Detective Sergeant Mark Meredith confirmed officers had left the premises happy and content, but also said the tip-off didn’t come directly from Mr Grant or his office.
“We’ve heard the talk of where the information was believed to have came from but that isn’t true,” Det Sgt Meredith said.
“We’re trying to find out where the documents came from and who sent them to Mr Grant’s office and that investigation is continuing.
Mr Stiff said the investigation came as a shock but added “we had nothing to worry about so we were happy to assist”.
“I wasn’t home at the time but Charmaine let the detectives onto the property, they checked everything and left again,” he said.
“We have humanely put dogs down but we’ve done it through our vet and only if the dog’s quality of life is gone.”