January 22, 2024

A Ballogie greyhound trainer has faced an inquiry by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) into the welfare of two dogs.

The QRIC concluded its inquiry into the welfare of Red Burner and Vernan Park on January 10.

The dogs were scratched from race meetings at the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club, Albion Park, on October 4 last year after on-track inspections.

The inquiry found Vernan Park was “grossly underweight”.

Licensed trainer Janene Armstrong pleaded guilty to two charges: the first alleged she had failed to provide sufficient food to a greyhound in her care; and the second that she had engaged in conduct which was detrimental to the interest, welfare, image, control and promotion of greyhound racing.

Stewards noted that Mrs Armstrong had co-operated throughout the inquiry and had complied with all directions.

They also noted her early pleas and the fact she had no prior breaches.

On the first charge, Mrs Armstrong’s training licence was suspended for 12 months, backdated to October 6, 2023, with stewards acknowledging time served and suspending the balance for two years.

On the second charge, her licence was suspended for three months, also backdated to October 6.

Mrs Armstrong has the right to appeal the penalties.