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12 Greyhounds Test Positive for Cocaine at Jacksonville Dog Track

A Florida canine teacher’s license was once revoked after 12 Greyhounds in his care examined certain for cocaine, making this the largest Greyhound drug abuse case in U.S. historical past.

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“This is the largest greyhound drug case in American history,” Carey Theil, Executive Director of GREY2K USA in Arlington, Mass., a non-profit that opposes greyhound racing and displays canine tracks across the nation advised First Coast News “This is staggering.”

Public information from the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation confirmed that at least 12 canine, all underneath the care of teacher Charles McClellan, examined certain for Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine that proves the canine were drugged.

In truth, at least 18 other checks during the last four months confirmed certain effects for cocaine.

The state calls for obligatory drug trying out of the winner of each and every greyhound race at the side of any other randomly decided on canine. Despite repeated failed drug checks over the path of four months, McClellan and the Greyhounds that examined certain for cocaine persisted to coach and race till June nine when the state filed an emergency order to droop his license announcing his violations are “a threat to the safety and welfare of any animals in his care as a Greyhound trainer.”

This is the second one Greyhound cocaine scandal to rock the racing business this yr. In May, famend teacher Malcolm McAllister had his license revoked when five canine in his care examined certain for the drug which is used to present the canine a aggressive edge and reinforce race efficiency, but additionally places them at chance for heatstroke and loss of life.

In massive phase because of the efforts of animal welfare teams and canine fanatics across the nation, the game of Greyhound racing has been in a gradual decline because it peaked in recognition within the early 1990’s.

In the U.S., 40 states have utterly outlawed Greyhound racing and, of the 19 tracks nonetheless in operation, 12 are positioned in Florida.

Beyond revoking licenses for running shoes of canine discovered with cocaine of their techniques, legal fees are very uncommon and no longer anticipated.

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