The future of greyhound racing is under question following a grim report on dog welfare.

Former High Court judge Rodney Hansen found that racing greyhounds were being routinely euthanased and many have died while racing or were put down following severe injuries.

The Minister of Racing Winston Peters has described the findings as disturbing and disappointing, and some practices as "unacceptable". Of the nearly 8900 dogs monitored, only 1123 reached the age of five. There were also 1200 unaccounted for dogs.

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"The industry was left in no doubt just what dismal view the government has of this," Mr Peters said, after meeting the NZ Racing Board.

Should greyhound racing be allowed to continue in New Zealand?