Greyhound owner loses challenge
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.