Man gets jail on angel dust charges.
Irish Times, 22/10/1996.
A Beef farmer with 200 acres in Co. Tipperary has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for possessing angel dust and other illegal hormones on dates between September, 1993, and February, 1995. see more
₤1,500 fine for vet drugs
Evening Herald, 06/12/1996
A distributor of veterinary products has been fined ₤1,500 for possession of illegal animal drug promoters. Patrick O’Dea, Oakfield Estate, Oranmore, Co. Galway pleaded guilty at Galway District Court to having a veterinary medicine, Trenbolone Acetate, a prohibited substance, at his home on November 12th 92 and bottles of the antibiotic Oxytetracyline on his business premises at Waterslade, Tuam.
Raid netted biggest ever seizure of animal drugs.
Irish Independent, 30/04/1997
A 62-year-old Kildare man has been sentenced to eight months in jail and fined a total of £22,000 for importing and selling "Angel Dust" and other illegal substances. Newbridge District Court heard the raid which led to yesterday's prosecution netted the biggest seizure of prohibited substances in the history of the State. see more
Farmer fined 11,427 Euro for using banned cattle drugs.Irish Times, 16/10/2002
Abscesses on the carcasses of animals being processed in a meat export plant alerted the Department of Agriculture and Food to the use of banned hormone growth-promoters by a Meath farmer, Dunshaughlin Court heard yesterday. see more
Dunboyne Vet to be struck off.
Meath Chronicle, 18/01/1997
Maurice Regan, Kilcloon, Dunboyne had his name struck from the Irish Veterinary Councils Register after being convicted of illegal animal drugs offences in December 1996. Regan will start a 6 month jail term. The vet had pleaded guilty at Kilcock District Court on 9th December to keeping illegal animal drugs for sale. He was fined a total of 13000 pounds on 13 charges relating to possessing and keeping for sale the growth promoters in March 1992.
Evening Herald, 28/03/2003
Beef farmer, Joe Earley, Castle Manor, Drogheda, Co. Louth was sentenced to two year’s imprisonment on six charges relating to use of illegal growth hormones and misuse of cattle identity tags.
Det Garda Gerry Nohilly of Mullingar said Earley would use the hormones on other people’s cattle and offered a service where he would provide the cattle and the illegal hormones if they wished. Earley also put false identity tags on cattle so he could claim cash from the Department of Agriculture on them.
Raid netted biggest ever seizure of animal drugs
Irish Independent, 30/04/1997
A 62-year-old Kildare man has been sentenced to eight months in jail and fined a total of £22,000 for importing and selling “Angel Dust” and other illegal substances. Newbridge District Court heard the raid which led to yesterday’s prosecution netted the biggest seizure of prohibited substances in the history of the State. Former businessman, Diarmuid O’keeffe, of Cutbush, The Curragh, pleaded guilty to a total of 22 charges involving the illegal import, sale and possession of Clenbuterol (Angel Dust), antibiotics and hormones in two separate locations in Kildare and Newbridge on a number of dates in September 1991. Senior Department of Agriculture officials told the court that the substances seized were used to increase the value of cattle but posed serious risks to human health. The raid netted 771 litres of Clenbuterol and 26 kilos of the same drug in powder form. There were also 500 bottles of hormone cocktails and 6,500 doses of hormone pellets. The quantity seized was enough to dose 20,000 animals. That figure didn’t include other substances found in the mixing plant. The value of the substances, which were the subject of the charges, was £230,000 on the black market. The value of the other substances seized, but not the subject of the charges, was £196,000.
Man gets jail on angel dust charges
Irish Times, 22/10/1996
A beef farmer with 200 acres in Co. Tipperary has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for possessing angel dust and other illegal hormones on dates between September, 1993, and February, 1995.
Ronald Armitage, Uskane, Borrisokane, had pleaded guilty to 12 charges of possessing the banned drugs at his Tipperary farm and on a rented farm at Croghan, Co. Roscommon. He was one of the five farmers dealt with at a special sitting of Athlone District Court yesterday, when fines totalling £29,000 were imposed on summonses relating to illegal animal drug abuse. Armitage was fined £12,000 by Judge Mary Fahy. Mr. Declan Holms, a Department of Agriculture inspector, said he carried out the Croghan search, where Armitage had rented land on September 30, 1993. The two summonses arising from this search related to the possession of Clenbuterol, commonly known as Angel Dust. He also took part in a raid at Borrisokane on October 11, 1993, where a substantial quantity of illegal substances in the form of a hormone “cocktail” was among items found in a cemetery adjacent to his farm. There was a cattle crush built in the ruins of a church and, he said, the substances had been thrown out the window of the church into an adjoining cemetery. A raiding team found bottles on the defendant’s farm, on September 30, 1993 which contained a hormone cocktail and also an implant cartridge containing illegal hormones was found. The farm was searched again on the 13th of February 1995 when Clebuterol and illegal hormones were found.
Farmer fined 11,427 Euro for using banned cattle drugs
Irish Times, 16/10/2002
Abscesses on the carcasses of animals being processed in a meat export plant alerted the Department of Agriculture and Food to the use of banned hormone growth-promoters by a Meath farmer, Dunshaughlin Court heard yesterday. The farmer, James McDernitt (54), Blackhills, Kilmoon, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, pleaded guilty yesterday to eight charges of possessing the hormone-treated animals and one of failing to keep a proper record of the movement of the animals between April and July 2000. McDermott, described as a substantial farmer by Mr. Patrick MacEntee SC, defending, was given a six-month suspended prison sentence, fined a total of 11,427 Euro plus 750 Euro in costs and ordered to keep the peace for 2 years. On the 3rd of April 2000 Mr. John Larkin from the Department of Agriculture noticed abscesses on the rib cages of animals belonging to the defendant which had been processes at the plant. Examination of the carcasses found needle marks 3-4 inches deep. It was established that one of the animals had been treated with anabolic steroids, a triple cocktail of banned drugs, including one which was new to the department. On April 10th, 2000, McDermott submitted 11 more cattle for slaughter and, when tested, six were found to be positive. Three months later, when animals from the defendant’s farm were being slaughtered under permit, the cocktail of drugs was found again in one of the animals. One of the drugs used in the cocktail was Stanozonol, which causes depression and damage to the immune system in humans. Mr. Flaherty told Judge John Brophy that McDermott was a substantial farmer, and sold 1,000 cattle a year and received 24,795 in EU subsidies last year.
Cattle trader jailed over illegal tags and growth hormones
Irish Independent, 28/03/2003
A cattle dealer who put false identity tags on cattle in order to claim subsidies was jailed for two years yesterday. see more
Farmer pays the price - £21,000 fine for using angel dust
Irish Independent, 02/02/1999
A judge warned yesterday of the “most serious nature” of using illegal animal growth promoting substances when he fined a Co Tipperary beef farmer a total of £21,000. see more
Roscommon AI man fined
Irish Farmers Journal, 04/12/2004
A Roscommon man has been fined €250 and ordered to pay €3,200 in costs and expenses after admitting to Roscommon District court for operating an unlicensed AI business with 300 farmer clients.
Richard Kenny of Mount Talbot, Roscommon also received three separate fines of €250 each for possession of two fertility drugs and carrying out unauthorised trading in bovine semen.
The case arose following a raid on the defendant’s farm by the Department of Agriculture in October, 2002.
Farmer raided for angel dust fined £5,000
Irish Independent, 30/05/1997
A farmer convicted of possessing the illegal growth promoter Clembuterol – commonly known as angel dust – was fined a total of £5,000 yesterday.
Eamon Heagney (32) of Tully House, Eyrecourt, Co Galway, was also convicted by Judge Mary Fahy of possessing a hormone implant gun, sheep sponges and other prohibited substances at Eyrecourt on October 23 1991.
Athlone court heard Heagney was joint owner of a farm of 2,000 sheep and 100 cattle and ran a fattening operation with his brother Con.
A team of Department of Agriculture veterinary officers who searched the farm on foot af [sic] a warrant discovered a box of Clembuterol hidden in a shed wall recess.
The hormone implant gun and other items were found in other sheds.
Defending barrister Brendan Grehan said a large sheep fattening operation was going on at the farm. Heagney had developed a lucrative contract with a Spanish importer for supply of meat involving a huge capital investment but the entire contract was wiped out as a result of “what happened.”
Paying tribute to the media’s role in highlighting “cases of this nature,” the judge fined Heagney £1,000 on each of five summonses.
A number of similar summonses against Con Heagney of the same address were adjourned to July 28 for a hearing date.
My shock drugs claims – RTE star
Evening Herald, 19/04/2005
GAA commentator Michael O Muircheartaigh today described his “shock” at claims his greyhound tested positive for a banned substance.
The RTE sports star described how he was “shocked about this and didn’t know anything about it.”
Speaking thought his wife Helen, the renowned broadcaster who is laid up with laryngitis, said: “The trainer didn’t tell him about it and he only found out yesterday. He doesn’t know what to think.”
Nobody told me about doping – Michael
The legendary mic man has been unable to speak for the past two weeks due to the throat illness.
The greyhound, Heart Rumble, recently tested positive for the drug nandrolone.
The dog is looked after by Paul Hennessy, the country’s best known trainer and he was fined €1,169 and severely reprimanded by the National Greyhound Racing Club in London last week at a disciplinary hearing.
A source close to the family said Michael had been speaking to Paul a week ago and he said nothing about it then. Michael is “very annoyed” at this as people have been ringing up about the scandal.
None of the other owners in the syndicate knew about the doping claims either, said the source
The dog was competing in a race in Sunderland on December 4 last year and was subjec6ted to a urine test after competing. The dog’s urine tested positive for nandrolone and three other substances.
Trainer Paul Hennessay, this evening confirmed that he had not informed Michael.
“You have to understand the dog had a medical problem and was treated under veterinary supervision. There was nothing illegal or prohibited about using the drug in this country,” said Mr Hennessy.
Cian to lose gold today
But he could win back
News of the World, 27/03/2003
Showjumper Cian O’Connor is expected to lose his Olympic gold medal today.
Equestrian sport’s ruling body the Federation Equestre Internationale is set to uphold its ruling that his mount Waterford Crystal DID test positive for banned substances. And that means the Kildare-born rider will be forced to hand back the medal.
But in a sensational twist, insiders say Cian, who has always protested his innocence, will win it back at the Court of Arbitration in Sport. Cian, 24, scooped Ireland’s only Olympic gold last September, after a stunning clear round in the individual showjumping event.
But just a month later he was embroiled in a battle to clear his name, after Crystal tested positive for fluphenazine and zuclopenthixol.
His solicitor, Andrew Coonan, has prepared an 18-page defence and today the two men, accompanied by a barrister and vet James Sheeran, will give an oral defenc6e in Switzerland.
One insider told the Irish News of the World: “Easter Sunday is D-day for Cian. The process with the FEI has reached the end of the road.
“If he is found guilty Cian will lose the medal for the Olympic individual showjumping event.
“The feeling among the equestrian community is that Cian will lose his medal but will win it back at a Court of Arbitration in Sport appeal.”
Cian, who lives in Ratoath, Co Meath, is currently competing in the Gold Tour in Italy. He told the FEI that on July 22 last year his horse suffered a fetlock injury and his vet advised hydrotherapy treatment, which involves confinement in a unit.
Vet James Sheeran said a mild sedative was given to the 13-year-old bay to prevent him hurting himself in the special treatment area. Mr Sheeran said: “I can categorically state that the medication administered by me was not a performance enhancing substance.
“It was used after careful consideration in the best interest of the horse’s welfare over a month before the Games.”
Together Cian and Waterford Crystal have competed in 13 Nations Cup events. The horse is part owned by media tycoon Tony O’Reilly and is said to be worth €2 million.
Trainer’s bid fails
The Sun, 18/10/2005
Trainer William Mullins yesterday lost his High Court bid to overturn a ruling disqualifying one of his horses for a failed drug test.
Gelding Be My Royal’s win at 33/1 in a race in 2002 was ruled ineligible by the Jockey Club when the horse’s urine was found to contain morphine. Mr Mullins, of Bagnalstown, Co Carlow, argued it was now accepted that the morphine levels came from food contaminated by poppy seeds.
But Judge Mr Justice Stanley Burnton said the Jockey Club was “not a public authority” and its verdict could not be challenged in the High Court. He added: “Review of the decisions of the Jockey Club is a matter for private law.”
Pony dope claims rock showjumping
Irish Independent, 22/02/2005
The Irish equestrian world was last night hit by new allegations that a top competition pony, ridden by a teenager, had tested positive for drugs after an international competition in Italy. It was claimed that Loughnatousa Bart, whic6h competed with rider Colleen Power from Waterford at the Pony Nations Cup show in Arezzo, Italy, last September, tested positive for a series of drugs.
There has been no formal finding of any doping in this case.
Rumours had been circulating for some time in showjumping circles but the FEI, the international equestrian federation, was prepared only to confirm yesterday that a case involving an Irish pony was “in the course of due process.” The FEI was not prepared to provide any details, while the Equestrian Federation of Ireland would not comment.
Allegations of a positive drug test result for an Irish pony were made by RTE. And last night RTE journalists’ handling of the investigation was criticised by a family member of the young showjumper involved.
Following in the wake of Cian O’Connor’s Olympic doping case and just three days after Jessica Kuerten’s protest over the imposition of a fine following a positive test on her mare, Libertina, in Canada last September, this latest development has caused further consternation in the sport.
Loughnatousa Bart, currently registered in the ownership of Terry Power, Colleen’s father, was a member of the winning Irish Nations Cup team Abezzo. It was also placed in both Grand Prix classes at the Italian fixture.
Under FEI rules, the person responsible in a pony doping case is not the rider but, instead, an adult connected with the horse. The FEI’s Head of Communications, Muriel Faienza, said yesterday that it could be “the team Chef d’Equipe or coach, the team veterinary surgeon, the owner of the pony or a parent – it varies in each case”.
It is unclear who would be the person deemed responsible in this case if there is a finding of doping.
Terry Power could not be contacted last night. But his brother, Patrick, alleged that RTE personnel had called to the family home in Waterford yesterday and had “terrified” his niece.
“I got a real fright,” Colleen told the Irish Independent last night.
“I heard a car driving up and a horn beeping – I thought it was maybe a taxi at the wrong house.
“And they rang the bell and then started banging on the door and the windows of the room I was in
“I didn’t hear what they were saying but I was scared so I called my father and he sent my uncle over.”
RTE’s Damien Tiernan denied that there was any harassment involved.
He said last night: “There was no indication that there was anybody in the house, all the blinds were drawn.
“We knocked at the door of the house, nobody responded and I left.
“I was there no longer than 60 seconds.”
He said he would be sorry if he in any way unknowingly upset a child.
Farmer denies growth promoter use
RTE News, 05/07/2002
A Waterford farmer has denied using banned growth promoters on his pigs.
The Department of Agriculture and the Food Safety Authority are investigating the alleged breach of a restriction order placed on the farm. The Department says the breach has led to some of the restricted pig meat finding its way into shops with some of it already eaten by consumers.
The farmer, Tom Galvin, has denied using Carbadox since it was banned by the Eurpean Commission in 1999 over concerns about its potential effects on humans. Carbadox helps prevent pigs getting scour.
Mr Galvin was informed on 22 April by the Department that one of his pigs had tested positive in a factory last November for the banned substance. Mr Galvin said that although he had received no condemnation certificate for the pig in question, the movement of pigs on or off his farm has been in force since April.
In recent days, Department officials have been investigating the alleged illegal movement of about 1,500 pigs off the farm. Over a third have been seized and destroyed so far.
Mr Galvin claims, however, that the Department has not tested his pigs.
The Department says that although the consumption of pig meat from these animals is unlikely to be a significant health risk, it does not wish to understate the safety concerns surrounding Carbodox.
Cattle ‘injected with slurry’
Irish Independent, 04/05/1999
A farmer who allegedly injected his cattle with slurry in an attempt to have them classed as TB reactors, is being investigated by the Department of Agriculture.
It is understood the investigation was launched by officials after they became suspicious at the number of TB reactors turning up on the man’s farm in the Mid-Cork area earlier this year.
Dept officials monitoring the farm, allegedly spotted the farmer injecting a cow from a bucket of slurry, in between two visits by a vet carrying out TB tests. A syringe and other items were seized and the animal impounded.
Gardai were called in to preserve the scene. According to informed sources, injecting a cow with slurry would result in lumps similar to those which show up in an animal after TB tests.
“This guy was very clever – he had shown up one or two reactors before this and was building up gradually,” said one source.
According to one source, poor cattle prices due to the winter fodder shortage made the prospec6to of £400 to £600 per animal from the Department in compensation payments an extremely attractive temptation.
A Dept spokesman confirmed a case was being prosecuted against a farmer for interfering with TB tests with a view to defrauding the Dept.
Farm couple face animal drugs charges
Irish Independent, 07/02/2002
A bottle containing an illegal cattle growth promoter was found in a famer’s wardrobe, a court heard yesterday.
Department of Agriculture veterinary inspectors also discovered two bottles of illegal antibiotics stored in the farmer’s kitchen fridge at Ballindollaghan, Lissalway, Castlerea, Co Roscommon.
James Brady (36) and his wife Mary are before Ballyhaunis District Court on summonses alleging they had possessions of animal remedies without a licence on July 25, 2000, contrary to the 1993 Animal Remedies Act. Both defendants deny the charges.The bottles taken from the fridge were found to contain an antibiotic, oxytetracycline. The bottle taken from the wardrobe contained oestradiol benzoate and nortestosterone deconate, the court heard. The case continues today
Horror of Pig Massacre
Ireland on Sunday, 19/06/2005
It almost defies belief – 4,300 pigs killed in a bloody six-day spree that involved the use of a sledgehammer and a bizarre attempt at suffocation. What’s even more shocking is that this grotesque scene was presided over by Department of Agriculture officials… see more
Irish ride named in dope row
Evening Herald, 18/02/2005
In yet another embarrassment for Irish showjumping, it emerged today that Irish rider Jessica Kurten’s horse has also tested positive for banned substances. Her horse, Libertina, tested positive for caffeine and theophylline after a showjumping event in Calgary last September.
However, Ms Kurten has lashed out saying that she was prevented from bringing her own horse feed to the Canadian event and was forced to use feed that she believes contained the banned substances.
She said that she was not in a position to have the new feed checked for banned trace elements and reassured her supporters, sponsors and friends that she didn’t do anything wrong.
Kurten said she was not willing to accept a “symbolic fine” of 250 Swiss Francs by the international equestrian authorities over the incident. It’s also understood she has requested that the authorities now proceed to test the B portion of the sample in question.
Today, president of the Equestrian Federation of Ireland, Avril Doyle MEP, moved to limit the damage caused to the image of Irish showjumping saying it was a “grade five” (low potential to influence performance) offence.
Kurten said in an statement: “These naturally occurring herbal substances are a high source of protein often found in animal feeds. At this show and I was prohibited from bringing my own feedstuff into Canada. My own feedstuff does not contain this source of protein.”
The FEI, on discovering the presence of these naturally occurring substances decided to impose a “symbolic” fine of 250 Swiss Francs to finish the matter.
“I have declined to cooperate with this proposal because I cannot be held responsible for the contents of the feed supplied in Calgary as I was not in a position to have it analysed or checked. I want the FEI to explain why they chose to sanction me in these circumstances,” she said.
THE HORSEMEAT SCANDAL continues to grow legs with fresh revelations that a smuggling conspiracy has been running for years across Ireland and the UK.
BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlightprogramme uncovered details about the criminal activity and reporter Jennifer O’Leary spoke with one man who claimed to be involved in a gang.
The activities led to horsemeat that was never fit for human consumption entering the food chain. One of the smuggling routes is believed to have started in Ireland but it is still unclear where all this horsemeat has landed.
The animals were exported through Belfast.
The insider told the BBC that sellers knew why their horses were being bought.
“They did know they were going to a factory but they thought they were going for dog food.”
He also revealed that forged documentation, bogus microchips and stimulating drugs were used in the process.
Those involved would insert bogus microchips under the skin of the horses, according to the gang member. Many of the creatures were also given drugs to make them appear healthier.
“Some of them weren’t in the best condition,” he said. “But to stimulate them and get them on their feet again, you’d give them certain cortisone and bute.
“If a horse had a heartbeat and could walk, he would stand up on the lorry until he got to England.”
Some of the horses were delivered to the Redline Abattoir in Chesire which is being investigated by the Food Standards Agency over “horse passport matters”.
The firm’s parent group say they have never knowingly slaughtered an animal with false documentation. It also insists that hundreds of horses have been turned away from the abattoir because of inadequate passports.
Meanwhile, the suggestion of a national passport database in Ireland has been met with some scepticism by those in the industry.
Speaking to Morning Ireland, the director of one of the bodies approved to issue horse passports said that although the plan is worthwhile, it is also incomplete.
Tom Reed of Irish Warmblood Stud said, “What is being proposed is a band-aid so the Department can look like it is doing something.”
He believes there is an opportunity now – because of the ongoing food industry crisis – to take steps that would put Ireland in the lead within the EU on this issue. And to ensure a stable, transparent and safe food chain.
The organisation would like to see just one body issue one type of passport for horses which would include an image of the animal. It has also called for bute audits across the industry.
The Irish Cattle and Sheep Association (ICSA) has urged the authorities to seek prosecutions over the horsemeat controversy.
President Eddie Punch said that processors had “obviously made mistakes” but also pointed blame towards retailers.
“Supermarkets say they are shocked…yet surely they didn’t believe they could sell burgers for the cheap price they were selling them for?”
Greyhounds tested positive at Brandywell, says ICC.
Derry Journal, 12/10/2007
Eight Northern Irish greyhound owners have been fined in the past year after their dogs tested positive for banned substances - including cocaine. Other substances found included amphetamine, also known as speed.
Racing dog had 'ecstasy in system'.
Irish Independent, 28/10/2007
It is understood to be the first time that an animal was found with benzylpiperazine (BZP) anywhere since the substance was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of prohibited substances last year. It also comes just months after a new independent committee was set up to investigate doping in greyhound racing. BZP is legally sold in Ireland as an ecstasy substitute in dance clubs and various outlets, and is also available in health stores here as a slimming pill. In April of this year, a dog running at Lifford in Donegal was tested and BZP was found, and the new independent body overseeing the policing of greyhound racing has since fined the owner €250.
2007 "Tigresa" aka "Biddy the Lark" aka "Barcelona Super Girl". She started life as "Biddy the Lark" racing in Ireland then at some point she was exported to Spain ... presumably because she was no longer fast enough to race in Ireland. In Spain she ran at the Meridiana track near Barcelona (now closed) a total of 213 times and between 19th March and 26th December 2004 she ran a race every 2 or 3 days ... basically she was run into the ground. When the track closed her "owner" didn't want her anymore and she was lucky to be rescued by the Scooby refuge.
Revealed; the dog-doping secret.
Unison.ie, 18/5/2006Sports Minister critical of parties involved in doping controversy. Sports Minister John O'Donaghue has criticised parties involved in the Bord na gCon doping controversy for commenting publicly on the matter against his wishes. Former Chief executive Aidan Tynan has maintained his silence in recent days, however Bord na gCon Chairman Pascal Taggart issued a statement last night in which he claimed a report, commissioned following a dog-doping scandal backed his position. Mr. Taggart says the report shows that Aidan Tynan was fired for reasons other than his stance on the doping issue. The affair began when Mr Tynan wrote a letter to the Sports Minister in January complaining that the board was covering up evidence of doping in greyhound racing.
Dog part owned by Vinnie Jones fails drug test
Irish Times, 23/03/2006
BOAVISTA, Owned by Jones and Irishmen Pat Curtin and Dinny Gould.
The top coursing greyhound has tested positive for drugs following the Irish cup in limerick.the win at the Irish cup stretched his unbeaten record to 24 courses since Sept 2005.
In taking on charlie Bird, RTE and the government. The Greyhound Industry scandal took another bizarre twist yesterday when the controversial chairman of Bord na gCon Paschal Taggart moved to defend his role in the sacking of its CEO Aidan Tynan and the covering up of two positive drugs tests on Irish dogs. Mr Taggart held a colourful press conference at Shelbourne Park dog track in Dublin in which he launched a vicious attack on RTE reporter Charlie Bird, he alleged that Mr Tynan might not have been sacked but for the intervention of Sports Minister John O Donoghu, he claimed that Tim Dalton, a former secretary-general of the Dept of justice, was incapable of investigating the scandal. In future he said, he would propose that all positive dope tests on dogs be published. The scandal erupted just over two weeks ago after Mr Tynan wrote to Mr O Donoghue complaining that positive drug tests had been suppressed by Mr Taggart. It has since emerged that two dogs were discovered to have been dosed with the human performance enhancing drug EPO in 2005.
Greyhounds on Viagra.
Limerick Post, 11/12/2004A SPOKESPERSON from Greyhound Action Ireland has claimed that "drugs like Viagra are constantly being sold at dog racing tracks in Ireland and greyhounds are suffering horrifically from the hell of withdrawal symptoms”. Some dogs are even given cocaine to boost their performances, she claims. Limerick is regarded as being one of the Meccas for greyhound racing and training in the country, with races three days a week at the greyhound racing track at the Markets Field. Prize money can range from 200 euro to over 35,000 euro in sweep stakes and the sport attracts a huge interest in the city. Talking to the Limerick Post, Bernie Wright said that "this drug is sold by pushers who have obtained it on prescription from MDs” and the practice is allowed to continue because "there is very little testing”. "Viagra, which is given to quicken the heart-rate of the dogs, is a major racket at Irish dog racing tracks. Dogs are suffering horrifically and routinely at the hands of trainers and owners. They should not be subjected to the hell of withdrawal symptoms from drugs such as EPO, a steroid that shows no traces or Largactyl, a sedative also used at dog tracks to slow dogs down. We in Greyhound Action appeal to anyone who has further information on drugs being used to contact us immediately. They can remain anonymous,” said Ms Wright. She also said that "cocaine is also given to dogs to improve their performance”. Ms Wright then referred to a recent article which appeared in a national newspaper, recounting how a greyhound trainer who tried to inject his dog with drugs, accidentally injected himself.
Irish Times, 20/04/2012
A MAN who has contracts with nine local authorities to take in and care for horses which are at risk or abandoned has been convicted of cruelty to animals and sentenced to 16 months in jail. see more