Grey­hound owner loses chal­lenge

Irish Examiner - - News -

A grey­hound owner has lost a High Court chal­lenge to the im­po­si­tion of €1,000 in fines and the with­hold­ing of €36,500 in race prize money aris­ing out of giv­ing feed con­tain­ing a pro­hib­ited sub­stance to three of his dogs.

Owen McKenna, of New Inn, Cashel, Co Tip­per­ary, claimed find­ings of an Ir­ish Grey­hound Board (IGB) con­trol com­mit­tee were made in breach of fair pro­ce­dures, ar­bi­trary and based on er­rors of fact, among other things.

Ms Jus­tice Miriam O’Re­gan dis­missed his chal­lenge. The dogs, Far­loe Rum­ble, Off­shore Bound, and Far­loe Blitz, were run at Shel­bourne Park on Septem­ber 5, 2015, when sam­ples were taken and later sent for test­ing to the UK. They were found to con­tain hy­drochloroth­iazide which could af­fect grey­hound per­for­mance. The IGB im­posed five fines to­talling €1,000 and or­dered the prize money of €36,500 won by the dogs would be for­feited. It also found Mr McKenna en­gaged in a reck­less feed­ing regime for which he must ac­cept the con­se­quences.

He brought an ap­peal to an IGB con­trol com­mit­tee which was dis­missed.

Mr McKenna then brought court pro­ceed­ings seek­ing to quash the de­ci­sion.

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