Owner and trainer banned for two years over euthanased greyhound

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OWNER Tanya Kemp and trainer Benjamin Talbot have each been issued two year disqualifications from the GRNSW Inquiry Panel following the conclusion of an investigation into the the circumstances of the euthanasia of ‘Better Cruise’ at the Wagga on 5 January 2018.

Kemp (formerly Tanya Skarratt) and Talbot allegedly asked the acting veterinarian Dr Mark Sayer to enthanise Better Cruise following the dog’s disqualification from racing after breaching rule 69A as pertains to “pursing the lure with due commitment”.

Better Cruise was issued a 28 day ban from racing at Wagga, with a satisfactory trial also needed before he was cleared to race again competitively.

Due to circumstances surrounding both owner and trainer’s inability or unwillingness to house Better Cruise while a suspension was served, the pair asked Dr Sayer if he could put down the greyhound.

After the completion of the last race, Mr Talbot removed the greyhound from the kennels and took the greyhound to the car park as prearranged with Dr Sayer.

Following a conversation with Dr Sayer, Mr Talbot placed the Greyhound in the rear of Mr Talbot’s four wheel drive motor vehicle, located in the carpark.

Dr Sayer euthanised the greyhound in the rear of Mr Talbot’s motor vehicle using 12 millilitres of Pentobarbitone given by intravenous injection.

This action directly contravenes Section 21 of the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Act 2016 which states that an owner of a registered greyhound cannot, unless with the written consent of Greyhound Racing NSW “destroy the greyhound or cause it to be destroyed.”

With the exception of one charge against Dr Sayer for breach of Rule 86(ag), the Inquiry Panel was satisfied that Ms Kemp, Mr Talbot and Dr Sayer had breached the Rules as charged.

Dr Sayer escaped a disqualification but is warned off “doing a thing which, in the opinion of the Stewards, is improper” and anything that can damage the image of greyhound racing.

All three parties have been informed on their right to lodge an appeal.

The full list of charges can be found below.

in relation to Ms Kemp:

  • two years disqualification for failing to comply with the Code of Practice for Keeping of Greyhounds in Training and/or the Supplement to Codes of Practice – Greyhound Euthanasia (Rule 86(ag));
  • four years disqualification for doing a thing which, in the opinion of the Stewards, is improper (Rule 86(o));
  • four years disqualification for committing acts and/or engaging in conduct that was detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image or promotion of greyhound racing (Rule 86(q));

(penalties to be served concurrently)

in relation to Mr Talbot:

  • two years disqualification for doing a thing which, in the opinion of the Stewards, is improper (Rule 86(o);
  • two years disqualification for committing acts and/or engaging in conduct that was detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image or promotion of greyhound racing (Rule 86(q));
  • two years disqualification for knowingly aiding and/or abetting Ms Kemp to commit a breach of the Rules (Rule 86(n));
  • (penalties to be served concurrently)

    in relation to Dr Sayer:

  • two years warned off for doing a thing which, in the opinion of the Stewards, is improper (Rule 86(o)); and
  • two years warned off for committing acts and/or engaging in conduct that was detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image or promotion of greyhound racing (Rule 86(q))
  • (penalties to be served concurrently)

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    1. “On the 20 May 2019 the Racing Appeals Tribunal sitting in Sydney heard two Appeals in respect of a decision made by an Inquiry Panel of GRNSW that I had breached the Greyhound Racing Rules and in particular Rules 86(o) and (q). Those charges asserted that I euthanased a greyhound on 5 January 2018 at the Wagga Wagga Greyhound track in circumstances which were improper and that I engaged in conduct that was detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image or promotion of greyhound racing.

      After hearing the two Appeals the Racing Appeals Tribunal upheld both of my Appeals and dismissed the two charges referred to above. The Tribunal found that I had acted appropriately in all of the circumstances and that I was motivated by the welfare of the greyhound when it was euthanased by me.

      I am committed to acting in the best interests of all animals and have done so during my 36 years of practice.”

      Mark Sayer Veterinary Surgeon