Industry calls for ‘cruel’ trainer to be named and shamed

THERE are growing calls from within the greyhound industry for a trainer, caught on video using a cattle prod to shock one of his dogs, to be named and shamed after harrowing vision of the incident surfaced on Friday night.

The video, recorded on a mobile phone camera, shows a trainer at The Gardens greyhound track shocking his greyhound with the cattle prod as the approached the boxes.

(GRNSW) announced on Friday the incident, which happened in 2012, had been independently investigated and preliminary had been handed over to the NSW Police Force.

Later that night the ABC released the mobile phone vision.

GRNSW have advised that the cattle prod allegedly used in the video appears to be a Parmak ‘Stock Master’ which is capable of emitting 6,000 volts of shock.

While GRNSW have not named anyone, interim CEO Paul Newson said the individual had been identified, with findings of the independent investigation including the forensic analysis of the video footage and witness interviews handed over to the authorities.

“Given the atrocious nature of the conduct depicted in the video, I have referred the preliminary findings, along with the video footage, to the NSW Police Force to examine whether criminal charges can be laid against those involved,” Newson said.

“While the NSW Police Force is considering the findings and video footage, I have instructed the independent investigators GRNSW had engaged to suspend their inquiries so as to ensure that GRNSW does not prejudice any police investigation.

“While the video footage was taken well before my appointment as interim CEO, it is disheartening to have uncovered another example of greyhound racing industry participants engaging in a serious of animal cruelty.”

It is not yet known whether the footage was handed into GRNSW straight after the incident or more recently. Despite occurring four years ago, Newson said it was essential that the individual involved is brought to justice.

“Although this is footage taken well before the greyhound industry process started in February 2015, participants should be aware that GRNSW as regulator, will transparently and decisively target serious wrongdoing with escalating enforcement action, including referral to appropriate law enforcement agencies for potential criminal prosecution, to hold the industry to account.

“The public need to have trust in us as the regulator that we will be doing everything we can to protect the of greyhound, secure the integrity of the industry and ensure individuals involved in animal cruelty or other serious misconduct incur serious consequences.

“However, GRNSW’s actions in relation to this matter are indicative of a change toward a more proactive and responsive approach from the greyhound racing industry, demonstrate GRNSW’s Industry Supervision Strategy in practise and affirm GRNSW as a modern, capable and effective regulator.”

Australian Racing Greyhound has attempted to contact several staff members of The Gardens as well as the now defunct Association (NCA), which was the body operating the track at the time, to confirm details of the incident, however no comments were forthcoming.

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Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

Well this member of the racing industry is not calling for him to be named and shamed. He is entitled to a fair trial and a presumption of innocence until proven guilty just like every person in the country. Then if he is found guilty he will be named and shamed on the public court records and a Judge will decide what penalty he should get.

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

Who had this “evidence” for four years and why has it only appeared now?

lone widow
lone widow
4 years ago

Deborah555 

I agree Deborah, this is so obviously a witch hunt, the real perpetrators are those that sat on the evidence. Shame on Paul Newson , he must have all this information.

Peter Bell
Peter Bell
4 years ago

Deborah The information was handed to police over 4 years. They chose to do nothing about it.  The information was only brought back to light to help the government sway undecided politicians and keep the pressure on closing the industry. One can only hope there is a senate inquiry into the greatest stitch up of all. Then these pollies can well and truly be locked up.  Surely the industry cant keep paying the wage of someone that is working against them ? Is this even legal to sabotage an industry ? Obviously Katherine has never heard of procedural fairness. Just… Read more »

DaveSampson75
DaveSampson75
4 years ago

Hey Debs … another ‘retired’ greyhound for you.

https://fasttrack.grv.org.au/Dog/Details/-736907

Peter Bell
Peter Bell
4 years ago

DaveSampson75 Dont you have kids to play with ?

dogem53
dogem53
4 years ago

DaveSampson75  YAWN.YAWN.WHERE’s ME POKEMON?’ haven’t you realised yet DAVID SAMPSON,that what ever you write on here,has no bearing in the BIGGER PICTURE. conversing on a forum is not going to get ya message out there son!!! picking slowly,slowly,slowly through such minute details is wasting your own life, but then a facist does this don’t they? the topic is about a fixed vid on an obvious set up for revenge because he spat the dummy against someone. DEB, no use harbouring the fool as his name is spread across numerous forums already,so naming him now is a bit late. the worst… Read more »

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

Yes Lone widow it is a witch hunt – some  “animal lover” was prepared to sit on evidence for years knowing that if this man was guilty he could have been harming dogs for four years. Now all of a sudden it is available. Baird has actually stated after the grave episode that he has” lots more evidence and he would be releasing it soon”, must have known about it for quite some time and did nothing till he was concerned about his majority in the parliament and his life time tax free pension. with additional benefits. This dog trainer- if a court finds him… Read more »

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

@DaveSamps That’s good Dave  still got another 96,998 to go. Good work.  Although Baird probably has upped the number by now, by the end of the week he should have it up to three million and counting. Keep going – it gives you something to do, keeps and  you off the street and out of the pub and now I have appointed your Minister for Counting Hound Numbers” I expect you to meet community expectations.All bets are off though Dave you said you could find 5 in 24 hours  it has taken you three days to find one and if you… Read more »

John Tracey
John Tracey
4 years ago

If the greyhound case mentioned  is proven to exist then I suggest that the people involved be permanently housed in an institution for the insane. If the Premier of NSW and his Minister for Racing think that there is a widespread problem with dog electrifying then they should join consider being institutionalised further themselves. Interestingly the article shows the innocent in a bad light but protects the persons being investigated. Obviously no one should be demonised until the case carries a formal charge but then politics is all about timing. Interestingly the press release shows that the independent inquiry is… Read more »

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

dogem53 DaveSampson75  I agree that his name would become readily available, journos are happy to destroy anyone and then whinge when some attractive West Indian cricketer does a mild flirt job with them – they are outraged.  Aside from my very obvious belief that everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence I don’t think these namers and shamers realise that it is a criminal offence to brand some-one as guilty if a matter is before the courts or they have not found guilty by a court of law.  Doing this can get you a jail sentence thus the constant use of “alleged”… Read more »

John Tracey
John Tracey
4 years ago

Deborah555 Absolutely supported but I would like to add the greyhound community also should not be named and shamed either as the Premier and the Minister is clearly doing. . The IAC has rejected the exclusion of all Russians to compete in the Olympic Games on the grounds of human rights for the innocents. The above is a big win for animal (human) rights. Governing bodies have the duty not only to punish the guilty but protect the innocent. I don’t think that Katherine (author of this thread) wants to imply that there should be equal justice for the industry… Read more »

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

John Tracey Deborah555  I absolutely agree that Katherine was not implying a disrespect for the law she was implying that we are disgusted as well.

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

Peter Bell  Yes Peter it is  disgraceful when people are tried by press and mobile phone “evidence” what these anti racing bayers for blood don’t realise is that if they can get away with avoiding procedural fairness with this bloke they can then push their luck with anyone. They could argue they have set a precedent.No- guilt by mobile phone video or any other kind of video evidence worries me. If I can edit videos  it is easy and anyone can do it. The Australian legal system obviously has many faults but it beats the hell out of Henry VIII star… Read more »

DaveSampson75
DaveSampson75
4 years ago

I hope this guy is named and paraded through the upper north shore. 

DaveSampson75
DaveSampson75
4 years ago

John Tracey ok then. Lets pretend it never happened. #rollseyes

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

dogem53 DaveSampson75  I agree with you except  I think if this bloke gets found guilty I think he will get jail time. If they are prepared to send two elderly rabbit killers to jail they will give this bloke a real hard time.( only because they love animals of course) nothing to do with political motives.

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

DaveSampson75 John Tracey  No Dave that is not what we are saying. We are saying lets try him in a court of law and if he is found guilty after due process and a judge sends him to prison he deserves everything he gets. This bloke might be a lesser human being in your mind but you let these pollies get away with taking away legal rights and they can take away anyone’s. You think if some-one caught you doing something illegal ( and don’t even suggest you haven’t done anything illegal you would be amazed at what is illegal.) -you should based on… Read more »

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

DaveSampson75  What so the three ladies who have adopted a greyhound and now believe they are experts on the racing industry can do what Dave- throw a bit of caviar at him. Just before going off to the horse racing. Why there Dave- if you think the people there have better morals than some-one in a housing commission estate then you know very little about human nature.

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

Peter Bell DaveSampson75  don’t be ridiculous Peter even if some one was interested in breeding with him – he wouldn’t have time he’s busy counting every greyhound that has every graced the planet and slagging off greyhound trainers.

DaveSampson75
DaveSampson75
4 years ago

Deborah555 DaveSampson75 John Tracey What do you need a trial for? He was accidentally carrying around an electric prodder at work and accidentally took it out and accidentally poked it into a box containing a greyhound? Guilty as charged … bring on the stocks!

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

DaveSampson75 Deborah555 John Tracey  How do you know this Dave? That’s right you have seen the video. I might ring up the Attorney General and suggest to him that it is a waste of money paying for a legal system and we could really cut down the court waiting times if we just let Dave preside over the entire nation. He’s got a mobile phone and an internet connection what more do you need to do the job?

DaveSampson75
DaveSampson75
4 years ago

Deborah555 DaveSampson75 John Tracey So it was a feather duster but just looks like an electric cattle prod? If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck … Everyone knows whats going on here. I think 6 months in the cooler might give him time to rethink how wise it was to torture animals.

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

Dave I noticed the anti greyhound racing rent a crowd were out and about yesterday “honouring dead greyhounds” . I had a bit of a look but it was, with the odd exception, the usual crew. Overweight middle aged women with nothing to do now the kids have grown up.  Looking for meaning in their  life  and crossing ” being on the telly off their bucket list” well I’d suggest if honouring dead greyhounds is now there reason for being they might need to try a bit harder to find themselves. Obviously if they have time to do this they… Read more »

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

DaveSampson75 Deborah555 John Tracey  Dave- I  have only appointed you Minister in charge of Hound Head Counting not to the bench of the High Court . Lets take it one step at a time. You haven’t found the 97,000 missing dogs yet and if you don’t hurry Baird will have it up to three million and you will be counting till you are ninety. That’s the trouble with young people no stamina to stick with the job. I will not even consider appointing you to the High Court Dave unless you can meet community expectations in your current. position. Everyone knows what’s going on here do… Read more »

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

Dave get on with it mate- this morning you only had to find another 96,998- already there is a headline about the march of the million. Now you have 999,998 to find. By tomorrow morning some toe rag journo will have put and s on that million and you will have to pass the job onto your son. Get on with it Dave. I am sorry to tell you this Dave but that position as a High Court Judge is not looking  good.

Piranaha
Piranaha
4 years ago

this is complete bullshit and INCORRECT. The footage was taken in 2012 and handed over to GRNSW head steward who then proceeded and gave the video to the police and rscpa. Under the survielliance ACT 2009 there is no action they can take. An employee from the gardens who had a 2nd copy of the video (he received as back up evidence) shared with a friend who was sacked from the Gardens last year. Out of spit he leaked to the ABC and hence Mr Newson (who is working for Mr Baird) made out that they only just received the… Read more »

dogem53
dogem53
4 years ago

Deborah555  DEBORAH……CLAP,CLAP,CLAP ET’; ETC; ETC; that is a brilliant insight into the majority,yes majority(a term these people understand very well), of what an activist is and what and where they are in social standing today. I must say though,even though men do think they wear the pants anyway,to see how a woman really sees it so openly and speak like the woman every man desires,you my friend,are a wonder. I think I am in love with ya….lol.lucky hubby. I see as time travels along this ”end greys road”, that not many real reasonings apart from live baiting,have come to the… Read more »

John Tracey
John Tracey
4 years ago

Deborah555 What you are saying is the nub of the matter. I accept the administrator’s statement cut and pasted below It is not yet known whether the footage was handed into GRNSW straight after the incident or more recently. Despite occurring four years ago, Newson said it was essential that the individual involved is brought to justice. The intent of the video appears obvious that on the balance of probabilities that anyone reporting a video of this nature would have forwarded it to the authority around the time the incident occurred. There seems enough in this case to widen the… Read more »

Piranaha
Piranaha
4 years ago

John Tracey Deborah555

This video was given to GRNSW  a few days after the event, the head steward gave it to the police and rspca who could not charge the person under the survielliance ACT 2009 and hence case was dropped.

This was all rehashed by a disgruntled former employee who leaked his backup copy to the ABC and hence Mr Newson made his statememt which left out the important bits as per above, he is fishing for more bad publicly

Piranaha
Piranaha
4 years ago

Deborah555

This video was given to GRNSW  a few days after the event, the head steward gave it to the police and rspca who could not charge the person under the survielliance ACT 2009 and hence case was dropped.

This was all rehashed by a disgruntled former employee who leaked his backup copy to the ABC and hence Mr Newson made his statememt which left out the important bits as per above, he is fishing for more bad publicly

BJoe
BJoe
4 years ago

I’ve seen the video.  Any act of cruelty on the idiot handler’s part is inconclusive. Piranha has already mentioned that the matter was handed to Police and the RSPCA by the head steward, whoever that was at the time, and they, Police & RSPCA took no action.  It will be difficult to overturn the earlier decision unless some form of corruption or neglect on the part of investigating Police or the RSPCA can be proven.  On top of this, you have the Statute of Limitations and given that the case is some 4 years old, it will not get off… Read more »

John Tracey
John Tracey
4 years ago

Piranaha John Tracey Deborah555 Thanks your explanation it would explain how the authority came to the decision that the tape was an event in 2012. If you are right then the authority would have grounds for at least a domestic charge if the National or local rules allowed it. The greyhound rules in some states and in NSW previously allowed action only to be taken after after the legal processes involving criminal acts of cruelty had been established by the courts. As most of the cases were dropped or went on forever animal cruelty was allowed to continue abound. It all seems… Read more »

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

dogem53 Deborah555  I am glad you enjoyed the read and in all honesty Dogem53- I have not had this much fun since I was on the university debating team ( a very long time ago). No stuff em. lets give them a bit back. I did get a great laugh from one of the pampered princesses, in the Irish rent a crowd, who claimed in all seriousness “she knew some old dog trainer had accidently given himself Viagra, she knew he really meant to give it to the dog and based on this amazing evidence that she could conclude that all… Read more »

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

Dave I can still see you listening mate – get on with your counting job.

DaveSampson75
DaveSampson75
4 years ago

Deborah555 That wasn’t the bargain, you had to  agree you would slag off GBOTA before I did that.

DaveSampson75
DaveSampson75
4 years ago

Deborah555 I was at the march yesterday.

BJoe
BJoe
4 years ago

John Tracey Deborah555 ‘Balance of Probability’ doesn’t hold any credibility in a court of law.  Probably does with GRNSW but you’re drawing a long bow if its based on the video evidence.

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

DaveSampson75 Deborah555  I know Dave but once I realised what a genius you were I thought this lad is wasted looking for five dogs he has the potential to find millions – now get on with it.

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

DaveSampson75 Deborah555  Yeah Dave I mentioned you the odd one. Either that or you are an overweight middle age lady posing as a young bloke on the internet. With all the gender bender stuff going on these days some of us old folks have a bit of a problem with those sorts of things.

John Tracey
John Tracey
4 years ago

BJoe Just on what you are saying (and I believe that it is true but obviously I cant prove it) is that the evidence on the video is inconclusive and insufficient for the police or the RSPCA to use as background to instigate charges against people concerned at a Racetrack, I accept the case of the woman using a device in a nursing home to trap an official was against a privacy act but nevertheless the police were able to make the charge and get the conviction because a guilty plea was entered. (shown on the 7.30 report last night.… Read more »

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

John Tracey BJoe  Absolutely- your comments are always fair and always an interesting good read as well. Baird and his lap dog would know that the evidence is  inadmissible the Police had already told the Racing Officials. They don’t really care whether this man is charged or sent to jail they just want to demonise greyhound people. They might be hoping he pleads guilty and then they can claim they have now done something about it of course they could have taken that punt four years ago if they really cared about cruelty. I think Baird wants the land at Wentworth Park… Read more »

John Tracey
John Tracey
4 years ago

Deborah555 John Tracey BJoe My take is that the Premier has higher things in mind and wont be hanging around for the next election.  Just on another matter, I noticed that you referred to the Government dealing out justice along the lines of Henry 111. I have put the current events (historical research for a book project) to have astonishing similarity to the great uprising (peasants revolt) later in 1381 involving Richard 11. Both disputes were about taxation (poll tax and our fair share) both instigated at high levels GRNSW started the fair share campaign. Both misinterpreted the King and the States… Read more »

Todman
Todman
4 years ago

Don’t ever argue with an idiot EG Dave Sampson because he will always beat you with his experience, Dave you are a dill, I have seen the video and no evidence was shown to back your statement, nothing, zilch, zip, nada

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

John Tracey BJoe  John if it said Henry 111 – I meant Henry(8th) I am interested in English History but there is absolutely nothing I could tell you that you do not already know. It is interesting though that nothing really changes in history except the names of the players. I don’t think human nature changes much. I was speaking to my Father and he agrees with your theory on Baird -burning the bridges before he moves on. I hope it is ambassador on one of the islands that the Chinese are building in the South Seas. I also think he realises… Read more »

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

Todman  I am glad I was not in charge of the investigation the quality was so poor I thought it was an unattractive woman.

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

I think Dave gets on this site because he does have a real concern about greyhounds (he is just naïve and idealistic- life will beat that out of him.) I think he loves to debate and it is a bit hard to find people to debate with- when these days people sitting next to each other are texting instead of talking. This is probably the last place on the planet where you can express your feelings freely, log on  whenever you like and actually have people with opposing views listen to you and respond. Anywhere else they would just block… Read more »

John Tracey
John Tracey
4 years ago

Deborah555 John Tracey BJoe Thanks , that clears it up. . As you pointed out we are returning to “medieval justice” Henry 8th is a good starting point in regards to wagering and recreational differences between  the entitled and the masses. (lots of research documents) held.

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

John Tracey Deborah555 BJoe  Yes the snobbery of “gone to the dogs” has a long history.