The head of Tasmania's Greyhound Adoption Program has been suspended after one of her dogs tested positive to a banned substance.
Susan Gittus, the head of TasRacing's Greyhound Adoption Program and a licensed trainer, pleaded guilty to a doping charge after dehydronorketamine was found in a urine sample from one of her dogs.
Mrs Gittus' dog Fitzgerald Grant won an event at the Hobart Greyhound Racing Club on August 13.
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Stewards collected a post-race urine sample from the dog which later tested positive to the banned substance.
A stewards inquiry heard evidence that the positive sample was a result of contaminated meat.
Mrs Gittus was suspended for six months, four of which was suspended for 12 months, effective immediately.
In making its decision the inquiry took into account Mrs Gittus' guilty plea, co-operation with the inquiry, clean offence record and involvement in the industry.
Mrs Gittus' suspension will be completed on December 15.
RSPCA Tasmania chief executive officer Jan Davis said the case highlighted the need for an independent re-homing program at arms length from the industry.
"It is not just disappointing but distressing. The Greyhound Adoption Program is a really important development in lifelong management of racing greyhounds, and we were really please to see the recognition of the need for it," she said.
"What we have at the moment is a greyhound adoption program that is run by greyhound owners and greyhound trainers with very little transparency as to how it's run. That just doesn't pass the pub test."
Ms Davis said the was a need to identify the source of the contaminated meat.
"If there are sources of meat out there in the community that are not complying with the safety standards that need to be legally met then we need as consumers and community members to have clarity and visibility around that," she said.
A government spokesperson said Mrs Gittus had been stood down from her role as the manager of the adoption program. It is understood that Mrs Gittus will appeal her suspension. Mrs Gittus was contacted for comment.
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