|Published:||Jul 14, 2010 6:15 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 14, 2010 3:09 PM EDT|
ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) - Two Florida greyhound trainers face possible sanctions after officials said their racing dogs tested positive for small amounts of cocaine.
The dogs were randomly selected for urine testing at separate events in January. The state's division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering says Amy Willis and Gerald Rhodes face fines up to $1,000 and possible suspension or revocation of their licenses.
Both trainers race greyhounds at Orange Park Kennel Club. Attorney Leonard Chesler, who represents both trainers, says it's too soon to comment on the case. But Chesler did say that dogs are surrendered to track employees 1 1/2 hours before a race.
A spokesman for the Jacksonville Kennel Club, which runs the racing at the track, said animal welfare is their priority.