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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Off Topic: On issue of PEDs, Larry King strikes out and SI’s Tom Verducci hits a home run

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I ran across the following video – and as huge baseball fan, I had to post it here.

Larry King and Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci debated the topic of allowing performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Amazingly, King is all for the use of PEDs, suggesting if you legalize them in sports, then it’s somehow a level playing field and suggested it would allow those who want to damage their bodies to do so freely.

What kind of a half-cocked argument is that. What about the players who want to depend on their natural abilities and hard work, without the risk of long-term damage to their bodies?

Thankfully Tom Verducci states he doesn’t want to see success in sports based on who has the best chemist on staff. And he’s right!!

PEDs have damaged baseball and other sports. Major League Baseball looked the other way while a group of cheating players assaulted the record book. Why? – because the assault put bodies in the seats and more viewers in front of TVs.

Hank Aaron is STILL the all-time leader in home runs and Roger Maris STILL holds the single-season mark.

Of course, the subject of PEDs is not really so off-topic for the blog, as we’ve seen reports about their use in greyhound racing and horse racing.


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