The boss of Greyhound Racing NSW has accused Greens MP John Kaye of spreading "scurrilous and baseless" claims after the minister moved a motion to conduct a parliamentary inquiry into the sport.
Brent Hogan, the chief executive of the sport's peak body in NSW, hit back at Dr Kaye's accusations about greyhound racing's integrity, including its links to criminal elements.
"The NSW government has established the Casino and Racing Investigation Unit to specifically investigate alleged organised crime links in all three codes of racing," Hogan told the Mercury.
"The police have advised GRNSW on more than one occasion that they are not looking at any matter that pertains to greyhound racing in this state.
"So if Dr Kaye has any information about organised crime involvement he needs to bring it to the attention of the NSW Police immediately.
"These scurrilous and baseless claims are ill informed and damaging for our sport."
After successfully moving a motion for a parliamentary inquiry into NSW greyhound racing last week, Dr Kaye issued a statement claiming the industry was "in a state of crisis".
He also questioned the sport's track record on animal welfare and "shonky" management practices. Former NSW ombudsman David Landa quit as integrity auditor of GRNSW last year, claiming the role was compromised.
"Greyhound owners and animal welfare groups have comprehensively lost confidence in the industry's ability to regulate itself," Dr Kaye said.
But Hogan stressed GRNSW had invested heavily in the sport's integrity.
"It has only been in the last 12 months that we have doubled the amount of money we have committed to our drug detection budget, which now stands at $1.2 million," he said.
The Greyhound Action Group, which worked with Dr Kaye to establish the inquiry, expressed their disappointment in some of the minister's claims.
In a letter published on their website, they wrote to Dr Kaye accusing him of conveying "allegations and no facts" that were "extreme and provocative".