BREAKING NEWS: Florida officials suspect steroids are being used in racing greyhounds

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The animal-welfare movement generally suspects this is being done, but now the allegations are coming from greyhound racing officials in Florida.

The Miami Herald reports today that a dog trainer who works out of the Flagler and Hollywood greyhound tracks has been charged with the illegal possession of performance-enhancing drugs.

The article notes the man charged, James “Barney” O’Donnell –

“… is one of the industry’s largest greyhound operators in the nation. He owns and trains dogs in multiple states and runs the compound shared by South Florida’s racinos.”

The drugs were first discovered in August, but no action has been taken to date. The article reports inspectors found more evidence in October, including the drugs testosterone, boldenone and androstenedione. He could be fined or could lose his Florida license.

And then we have the following, troubling paragraph from the article:

According to state records, O’Donnell has a history of being investigated and disciplined by regulators. His file includes eight complaints, including an animal welfare case. He has been reprimanded twice, and fined at least once.

Greyhounds are at risk of injury and death at race tracks everywhere and when we read information such as this, those of us who want to protect the dogs have a heightened level of concern.

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2 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: Florida officials suspect steroids are being used in racing greyhounds

  1. How do we as a society let this go on, and keep letting the people that abuse these dogs just go free? Why doesn’t it stop? Why can’t someone put an end to the awful treatment that these dogs must go through?
    Why can’t decoupling go through?
    Please end this for the dogs sakes, they don’t deserve this kind of treatment!! Would you want your animal treated like this?
    They don’t even want to race to begin with.
    Please be humane with your vote!!!

  2. Linda,

    From your voice to the state legislatures. I hope we will soon see a move in the direction of compassion and reason.

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