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Florida dog trainer loses license after greyhounds test positive for cocaine

May 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Florida dog trainer loses license after greyhounds test positive for cocaine

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A widely-known dog trainer in Florida had his license taken away after five of his greyhounds tested positive for cocaine.

On April 26th, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation revoked Malcolm McAllister’s license, who was a dog racing trainer for 40-years.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that investigators were informed after one of the trainer’s greyhounds, Flying Tidalwave, tested positive for cocaine metabolites after he finished fourth in the St. Petersburg’s Derby Lane race back in January. Additional urine samples indicated that four other dogs in McAllister’s kennel also tested positive for cocaine.

In a written statement, the 70-year-old man said he had “great sadness and disbelief” and denied having any idea how the drugs ended up in the dogs’ systems.

“It is with great sadness and disbelief this serious charge has been brought against me,” McAllister stated. “In the four-week period in question, my name was entered ‘Trainer of Record’ while hiring a new trainer. My awareness at age 70 is at fault to where I had four different helpers at this time, one of these undesirables had to have either dropped or administered the ‘cocaine.’ My plea is that it was not me.”

He also chose not to dispute the findings and rejected his right to a hearing.

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