Florida greyhound trainer could face suspension after high levels of caffeine found in dogs


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An administrative law judge Wednesday ruled that a longtime trainer of racing greyhounds should face a fine and license suspension after caffeine and other substances were found in six dogs at the Palm Beach Kennel Club.

Judge F. Scott Boyd issued a recommended order that said trainer Robert G. Dawson should be fined $3,000 and have his licensed suspended for six months. Excessive levels of caffeine and the drugs theobromine and theophylline were detected in urine samples from dogs that Dawson trained to run in September 2016 at the Palm Beach County pari-mutuel, Boyd wrote. Dawson has been licensed by the state since 1980.

“The racing of an animal with a restricted drug negatively impacts the integrity of the pari-mutuel industry and is a danger to the racing greyhounds,” Boyd wrote. “On the other hand, no evidence of prior discipline was introduced. Respondent (Dawson) has been licensed for a long time.”

Under administrative law, Boyd's recommended order will go to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering for final action.

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