Greyhounds test positive

Dear Friends,


Last night, ABC First Coast News broke the story that there were 18 cocaine positives at Florida’s Orange Park dog track over the first seventeen weeks of 2017. An Associated Press story followed today.

A dog named Flicka was found with the illegal stimulant in her system on six different occasions! Ten of the twelve dogs involved are owned by Julia Ward, the current President of industry front group the National Greyhound Association. And more, the kennel where the dogs tested positive is owned by NGA board member Steve Sarras, a politically connected recipient of greyhound subsidies in West Virginia. Kennel worker Charles F. McClellan has had his license suspended but neither he, nor Ward or Sarras have been criminally charged. ​

Doping dogs news story link

Unfortunately, this is only the latest case of greyhounds suffering abuse in an apparent race fixing scheme. In January, cocaine was found in five greyhounds within two weeks at Derby Lane, another Florida dog track. The man responsible, championship “dogman” Malcolm McCallister, lost his racing license.  He didn’t even pay a fine and no criminal charges were ever brought. ​

Back in 2004, our investigations revealed that greyhounds test positive all over the country. 119 dogs were drugged in the Sunshine State alone that year. We wrote to prosecutors in every district and county from Miami-Dade in South Florida to Escambia and Duval in the North. But they all refused to act for what they called “lack of authority.”

If you are as disgusted as I am with this callous and greedy industry, please take the time now to sign our petition to Governor Rick Scott. Urge him to bring Ward, Sarras, McClellan and McCallister to justice!​

Thank you for caring about the greyhounds. They need your voices now more than ever.

For the greyhounds,


Fred and Daisy Fred signature  
Fred Barton and
Board Member




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