Two greyhounds test positive for traces of cocaine
Two greyhound owners have been fined after traces of a cocaine metabolite were found in the systems of two of their dogs.
Dan Clancy, owner of Goes Wilder, told a control committee of the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) that he was not disputing the laboratory analysis, but said he had not exercised appropriate care in the greyhound's feeding regime.
Mr Clancy, of Kilmore, Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, was fined €2,500 and ordered to forfeit €30 in prize money, which was won by Goes Wilder at a race at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on May 5 last. A urine sample taken from the dog on that day was analysed and found to contain the prohibited substance Benzoylecgonine - the main metabolite of cocaine.
In a report by the control committee, which was published yesterday, it noted that because of the "estimated screening levels detected in the sample in question", it was satisfied that "this was not a food-contamination issue".
The committee ordered that samples be obtained from all greyhounds under the care of Mr Clancy which are presented for racing at Bord na gCon-licensed stadiums for a period of six months.
Meanwhile, greyhound owner Derek O'Sullivan, of Castleview, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, was fined €2,000 after his dog Billys Question also tested positive for Benzoylecgonine.
The dog was presented for a sales trial at Cork Greyhound Stadium on June 13 last, when a urine sample was taken and tested positive for the cocaine metabolite.
Mr O'Sullivan told the control committee the greyhound had been handled by him at all times in the days prior to the sample being taken.
He said the dog may have come into contact with the banned substance while being exercised in a field near his home.
However, the committee rejected this explanation. It also directed that samples be taken from any greyhounds under his care which are presented for racing at Bord na gCon-licensed stadiums for six months.
The IGB has previously said that following the testing of 5,387 samples last year, 48 adverse findings were returned. So far this year, 4,829 samples have been taken, with 27 adverse findings.
The board has said that it carries out "unannounced and intelligence-led" testing at race meetings, sales, trials and private kennels.
It has invested €400,000 in a new laboratory machine which can measure substances, including anabolic steroids, at low levels.
The control committee is independent of the IGB.