The latest exposé of Tucson Greyhound Park has just aired on KVOA-TV.
Based on information brought to light by GREY2K USA, last night Matthew Schwartz reported on recent drug use at Tucson Greyhound Park. On February 8, a manager, two greyhound handlers and a greyhound trainer-owner either failed drug tests or refused to take them at all!
- Track official Jennifer M. Harger was suspended after she tested positive for several drugs including codeine as well as a cocaine metabolic. Ms. Harger was employed as a mutuels manager at the facility.
- Two greyhound handlers, Jessica M. Meyer and Tammy K. Worthen were also suspended for testing positive for marijuana and opiates, and opiates respectively. The initial rulings state that the individuals were suspended "in the interest of the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state of Arizona."
- Greyhound trainer Willard James Eyler was suspended after he refused to take a drug test. The Arizona Department of Racing Investigative Report states that Willard J. Eyler got in his car and drove away and "later notified TGP General Manager Tom Taylor that he left because he would not pass a urine analysis due to current drug use."
All were fined $300 and suspended for 60 days by the Department of Racing. Track
General Manager Tom Taylor has now stated that they will not be allowed back at the facility.
Since 2010, licensed greyhound trainer and owner Willard James Eyler has been cited 15 times by state regulators. He has received a total of $2,385 in fines and has been suspended for a combined 123 days.
Some of his previous transgressions have included "acting in an abusive or threatening manner" to a racing official (screaming at a track vet when his dogs presented with "excessive" fleas), keeping a "filthy" kennel, cursing out another worker at the track (calling her a "stupid dumb b**ch"), and racing a greyhound that tested positive for the anabolic steroid, methandienone.
As long as greyhound racing continues, greyhounds will suffer. We must all work together to close this facility down.
Even though a law passed last year allowing the track to reduce its live racing schedule to 100 days and then to suspend dog racing altogether, it still continues to run greyhounds four days a week year round. This cannot go on!
Please help us keep the pressure on Tucson Greyhound Park to do the right thing. Contibutions are needed to continue our campaign to expose this cruel industry and lobby for its prohibition. And if you have not done so already, please sign our petition to the governors of all racing states, including Jan Brewer of Arizona, asking them to support legislation to end dog racing.
For the greyhounds,
Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.
Carey M. Theil
Executive Director, GREY2K USA
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