ARLC Chairman John Grant said the NRL would ‘get tough’ and ‘draw a line in the sand’ against NRL players interfering with dogs.
“I can’t really believe we’re having to do this again. Well, that’s not completely true but still,” Mr Grant said.
“You can pat a dog or even give it a hug but that’s it. Is this hard? Am I missing something?
“It’s times like this I wish we had a CEO like a professional organisation does.”
The NRL Commission is also set to appoint a RSPCA inspector to their Integrity Unit to manage these types of cases.
“Once is bad but twice is starting to look careless,” said NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg.
“Interfering with any sort of animal, especially man’s best friend is not what our brand is about. Well, not what we want it to be about going forward.
“There are hundreds of Rugby League players who have probably never behaved inappropriately towards a dog. We should remember that.”
The NRL said they hoped the dog aspect would overshadow the alleged sexual assault on a woman at the party, saying their record on that was way worse.
“People seem to get more upset about the dog weirdly.”