LEGENDARY trainer Reg Kay has confirmed to Australian Racing Greyhound that he has not been suspended, despite speculation he was one of the seven participants caught during the live-baiting RSPCA raids in Queensland this week.
The RSPCA and Queensland Police Service executed a search warrant on the private trial track of Tom Noble on Wednesday, with Noble confirming two wild pigs were removed from his Karrabin property.
While Kay admitted he was at Noble’s track that morning, he said he had left by that stage.
“To be perfectly honest I was trialling out there, I took four pups out there and I drove out, I didn’t know anything was going on, apparently they [police and the RSPCA] drove in when I drove out,” Kay said.
“The only reason we went out there is because we have only got two tracks up here and to give the dogs a change of scenery. We don’t go there very often.”
Kay added he had no involvement in any alleged baiting activities at the premises.
“I trialled early, I put four pups around with wool on the arm, I didn’t see any live stuff there,” he said. “I have never seen any live stuff there.
“It is just unfortunate I had to be there or you never would have heard my name mentioned.”
Kay, who has won an Australian trainer-of-the-year title and has put the polish on three Greyhound of the Year winners, remains adamant his greyhounds are not trained using any live-baiting methods.
“I am not naive enough to think that things don’t go on, but we have our own straight track and we have squeakers everywhere, there is also a bullring with a permanent squeaker tied on the arm with wool on it. We always tease the dogs with it.”
“We don’t give live kills, we use wool. Our dogs are broken in on wool and squeakers and we keep them on that.”
The RSPCA has also carried out raids in New South Wales and Victoria, with 16 registered participants stood down from those states.
It is thought the raids are being conducted following revelations from the ABC’s Four Corners program which is believed to have captured damning vision that is set to air on Monday night in an episode titled Making A Killing.
The other six participants suspended in Queensland are yet to be named but they are all believed to have been on Noble’s property on the day of the raid.
Kay was disappointed with the raids and the picture they are painting of the greyhound industry.
“In any field of sport there are the bad eggs,” he said. “I feel embarrassed by all this, to be honest, it makes you feel like walking away from the game.”