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.

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Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky5 years ago

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

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Mandy Harker
Mandy H6 years ago

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.

mari s.
Mari S6 years ago

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?

Waheeda Smith
Waheeda E6 years ago

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

KS Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

janet f.
janet f6 years ago

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

Linda P.
Linda P6 years ago

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.

Xil L.
Xil L6 years ago


jude m.
judith mignacca6 years ago

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.