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Petitioning Florida Governor

Investigate Cocaine Use at Florida Dog Tracks


Over the weekend, WFTV TV News reported that seven greyhounds recently tested positive for cocaine at Daytona Beach Kennel Club.

Incredibly, when the TV station went to the track and interviewed a local greyhound gambler named James Howell, he said he was not at all surprised. "It’s kind of disappointing that they do it, but it seems that is the nature of the dog racing."

Sadly, this is not the first time a racing greyhound has tested positive for cocaine. In fact, greyhounds have repeatedly tested positive for this narcotic at racetracks across the country.

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- Carey Theil
Why Do Racing Greyhounds Test Positive for Cocaine?- Saving Greys 

Letter to
Florida Governor
On behalf of GREY2K USA, and its thousands of members in the state, I
respectfully urge your office to launch an independent investigation into the recent and
continuing instances of cocaine-positive dogs at local greyhound tracks.

In July 2010, the Florida Times Union reported that two greyhounds tested
positive for cocaine before racing at Orange Park Kennel Club in Jacksonville. In 2009,
a greyhound trainer named Marvin Caballero was fined $1,000 and suspended for 10
days after a greyhound named Tempo Super Stud tested positive for cocaine at Palm
Beach Kennel Club. A few years earlier in 2004, the Tampa Tribune reported that 119
greyhounds had tested positive for cocaine over a three year-period at tracks across the
Sunshine State.

While it is our position that the overbreeding and killing of greyhounds for
racing cannot be remedied though regulation, we do believe that the use of drugs at
racetracks is a situation that can, and should be seriously investigated and addressed.

I appreciate your attention to this matter.