Orange Park, Fla-- Two trainers are under fire after their greyhounds tested positive for cocaine.
Two trainers at the Orange Park Kennel Club are accused of doping their dogs to race them. Action News obtained video of Scotty Smalls and GS Rae during races in January. That's when both dogs tested positive for cocaine. Now their trainers are under fire and kennel club patrons are upset. "I never thought they'd do that to a dog," said one patron. "That's abuse. It's worse than abuse. It's forced on them," said patron Mary Cooper.
Bill Lambert is the president of the Greyhound Owners Association. He knows the two dogs trainers and doesn't believe they're capable of doping the animals. "They've been in the greyhound business a long time. The way it sounds, you'd think they're drugging for performance enhancements, and that's far from the truth," said Lambert.
The dogs had very small amounts of cocaine in their systems. Lambert says not even enough to enhance their performance on the track.
The trainers race the greyhounds at the Orange Park Kennel Club. A spokesman said quote, "The health, welfare and well-being of the dogs that race at our facility is our number one priority and any action that puts them in harm's way will not be tolerated. We maintain a zero tolerance policy concerning any drug or performance enhancers."
The two trainers, Amy Willis and Gerald Rhodes, have hired an attorney out of Colorado. Our calls to him were not returned.
So far, the dogs and trainers are still allowed to race, that's until an official decision is made on the penalty. The trainers are facing a 1000 dollar fine. They could also have their license suspended or revoked.