According to the New York Daily News, a veteran Florida dog trainer has lost his license after several greyhounds tested positive for cocaine. The trainer at the heart of the scandal is identified as 70-year-old Malcolm McAllister, who became involved in the world of dog racing back in 1980
McAllister hasn’t disputed the finding of the drug in five dogs’ systems, but he has indicated that he is not to blame. In a statement, McAllister wrote that someone else was behind the dog doping, “One of these undesirables had to have either dropped or administered the ‘cocaine,’ – he emphasized, in writing, “is that it was not me.”
Urine samples were taken from the racing dogs in January – the dogs raced at Derby Lane St. Petersburg. A representative for the track condemned rule breakers in a statement following the discovery of drugs in the racing dogs’ systems:
“Kennel Owners are expected to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the American Greyhound Council and the National Greyhound Association, as well as Derby Lane track rules and policies. Greyhounds are monitored by the State of Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation. In a perfect world, there would be no need for rules, but those that don’t comply are dealt with and are not welcome to race at Derby Lane.”
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