Top greyhound trainer banned for life after lure found

A greyhound trainer has been forced out of the industry after authorities found a lure.

A greyhound trainer has been forced out of the industry after authorities found a lure. Photo: AAP

A leading greyhound trainer has been hit with a lifetime ban after an animal part attached to a mechanical training device was found at his property.

Stewards from Tasmania’s Office of Racing Integrity (ORI) found a pademelon tail on the training apparatus at Anthony Bullock’s property on August 3.

His licence was suspended two days later pending the outcome of an investigation.

Bullock was charged in October following a stewards’ inquiry with possessing an animal part capable of being used as a bait, quarry or a lure.

He pleaded not guilty but was found guilty after “consideration of the evidence before the stewards”.

The mandatory penalty was imposed and he was disqualified from greyhound training for life, ORI said on Wednesday.

Bullock has been advised of his right to appeal.

He was cleared of animal cruelty allegations by ORI in August after an activist group released footage it said showed substandard kennel conditions at his Exeter property.

The ORI report found conditions at the property were broadly compliant with racing rules and the animal welfare act.

It found all greyhounds were in an acceptable condition and there was no evidence or sores due to sleeping on unprotected surfaces.

However, the report noted shredded paper bedding in some hutches in outdoor pens was damp and some contained less than an ideal quantity of bedding material.

Five dogs appeared to be slightly dehydrated and two faecal samples collected confirmed the presence of hookworms and whipworms at the premises.

The RSPCA, which was involved in the report, found Bullock didn’t breach animal welfare standards but considered this to be as result of deficient legislation rather than a reflection of appropriate care.


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