Arsenic finding costs leading Tasmanian greyhound trainer $2000 fine

Leading greyhound trainer Anthony Bullock has been fined over a positive swab

Leading greyhound trainer Anthony Bullock has been fined over a positive swab

Tasmania’s leading greyhound trainer, Anthony Bullock, has been fined $2000 for a positive arsenic swab despite veterinary evidence that the finding could have been caused by the dog chewing treated timber.

The Bullock-trained Regent Assassin tested positive after winning in Devonport on September 13. It had been in Bullock’s kennels for only eight days prior to the race

It was subsequently discovered that the dog had chewed a considerable amount of timber in its housing and a board removed for analysis was found to contain arsenic.

The ORI regulatory vet gave evidence that “chewing such timber could cause an elevated arsenic level.”

Bullock was not charged with administration but was charged with presenting a greyhound to race when it was not free of all prohibited substances.

He pleaded guilty and was fined $2000 with Regent Assassin disqualified.

Bullock was Tasmania’s leading trainer last year with 168 winners.