A racehorse examined constructive for meth after a profitable run in Ohio … and the coach’s slap-on-the-wrist punishment has pissed off PETA, who’s now demanding he be banned.
The horse, Gardy’s Legacy, was given a blood take a look at after profitable a race on the MGM Northfield Park on September 3 … and it got here again constructive for D-methamphetamine, a Class 1 Class A offense in accordance with the U.S. Trotting Affiliation.
Following the constructive outcome, the Ohio State Racing Fee suspended coach Samuel Schillaci for one yr … and ordered him to pay a $1k tremendous.
The Standardbred was additionally disqualified … and the $4,500 winnings have been returned.
That punishment clearly wasn’t sufficient for PETA, the most important animal rights group on the planet, who at the moment are calling on Schillaci to be completely banned from the game.
“This small administrative tremendous and suspension aren’t commensurate with such a severe violation,” PETA’s Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo stated on Monday.
“Administering meth endangers a horse’s life, and trainers who deal with a horse so callously will do the identical to others, too. The fee ought to think about not solely the security of Gardy’s Legacy A but in addition that of all the opposite horses in Schillaci’s barn.”
“Those that display such cruelty even one time present a transparent disregard for the rules and shouldn’t be granted the privilege of competing in your state ever once more.”
Guillermo added, “By completely barring Schillaci from competing in Ohio, you’d create a safer atmosphere for all contributors.”
Sadly for PETA, the OSRC instructed FOX 8 in Cleveland that “the judges gave the utmost penalty allowed by legislation.”
In different phrases … their palms are tied.