Racing and Wagering West Australia (RWWA) stewards have today taken a hardline on animal welfare issues in the state by ousting a local trainer for seven years.
RWWA today inquired into the care and control of two greyhounds accommodated by licensed Owner/Trainer Mr Dean Letizia.
They took evidence was taken from Owner/Trainer Mr D. Letizia, Owner Mr J. Letizia, RWWA Principal Investigator Mr P. O’Reilly and RWWA Veterinarian Mr P. Symons.
Owner/Trainer Mr D. Letizia pleaded guilty to a charge under Greyhound Rule 106(2) for failing to exercise reasonable care and supervision to prevent Greyhounds under his control from unnecessary suffering.
Mr D. Letizia was disqualified for a period of seven (7) years.
In announcing the hefty Mr John Zucal, RWWA Chairman Of Stewards; said that stewards took into account Mr D. Letizia’s guilty plea and his co-operation with officials, the seriousness of the charge being an animal welfare matter and the consequences of his actions.
RWWA are to be congratulated for setting a such a high benchmark on animal welfare issues which should send a clear signal to other industry participants about acceptable standards of care and behaviour.