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Drug Violations Raise More Questions About Tucson Greyhound Park

Drug Violations Raise More Questions About Tucson Greyhound Park

 

With each passing month, the evidence continues to mount that Tucson Greyhound Park is one of the worst dog tracks in the country. The latest proof of Tucson’s problems come in the form of state records GREY2K USA recently obtained regarding positive drug tests.

During a span of less than four weeks in early 2012, the Arizona Department of Racing took disciplinary action against five greyhound trainers and assistant trainers for human and greyhound drug violations. Specifically:

  • On January 25, an assistant greyhound trainer was summarily suspended after she tested positive for marijuana and cocaine.
  • On February 15, a greyhound trainer was ordered to return prize money after two greyhounds won races and tested positive for caffeine.
  • On February 16, an assistant greyhound trainer was suspended for 60 days and fined $300 after he tested positive for marijuana and cocaine.
  • Also on February 16, a greyhound owner and trainer was suspended for 60 days fined and $1,000 after state investigators found a hypodermic syringe in his kennel. According to a laboratory report, the syringe was found to be “suspicious” for testosterone. The Board of Judges also recommended that the trainer’s license be permanently revoked.
  • On February 18, a greyhound trainer was suspended for 60 days and fined $300 after he refused to submit to a drug test. During his official hearing, the trainer indicated that he refused the test because he would not have passed. He also indicated that he would not have passed a previous drug test if another trainer had not provided him with synthetic urine.

Unfortunately, this is not a new problem at Tucson Greyhound Park. In 2007, the track was forced to close for two days after five licensees tested positive for illegal drugs. Nevertheless, these new records are another example of the sad life greyhounds endure at this low end track.

Find out how you can help at GREY2KUSA.org.

 

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9:45PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi

3:21AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

thanks for sharing

2:51AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

I must say that I'm pretty much indifferent to the trainers being tested positive for drugs, that's not overly important to the dogs themselves. What worries me is the fact that they're dosing innocent non-consenting animals who will suffer awful withdrawals. That alone is a reason to shut down the racing.

5:47PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

i feel so so very sorry for the dogs -- they're surrounded by humans who aren't fit to watch paint dry -- these dogs should be adopted out into caring and loving environments and this kind of barbaric sport should be banned permanently! What does it take? What needs to be done?

4:21PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Dog racing must be banned. These beautiful creatures are abused till the day they are cruelly executed. :(

2:35AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Thanks for the article.

6:32PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

This is nothing short of legalized animal abuse. This shouldn't be happening in the US.

1:24AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

STOP ALL DOG RACING!! It is a torture chamber for these beautiful, wonderful dogs. Let them live the life they were meant to, in a forever home with a family that loves them, they deserve nothing less.

12:24AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

BAN GREYHOUND RACING!!!

12:10AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

When are we going to outlaw this barbarism!?!?! Find out who your Congresspeople are and write to them with pen and paper. Email is good but pen and paper is better. Let them know that Geyhound racing is not welcome in your state.

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