Victorian Trainers Fined, Handed Life Bans

DISGRACED trainers Doug and Les Kenyon have been handed life disqualifications for live baiting offences by the Victorian Racing Tribunal.

DISGRACED Victorian trainers Doug and Les Kenyon have been handed life disqualifications for live baiting offences by the Victorian Racing Tribunal (VRT).

On top of the life bans, the pair were given fines of $25,000 and $20,000 respectively, one of the heaviest penalties handed down in the sport's history.

Neither Doug or Les Kenyon attended the inquiry despite being given ample opportunity to do so. 

Doug Kenyon was found guilty of multiple charges of using live animals as bait in what was "deplorable behaviour thoroughly deserving of disqualification for life".

Les Kenyon was found guilty of similar offences which "involved great cruelty and has the potential to be very damaging to the impression of greyhound racing  formed by the general community."

The charges stemmed from the Stewards uncovering evidence of live baiting at a Lara property on September 1, 2023.

In handing down the decision, Judge John Bowman says the penalty "brings to an end what has been a very disturbing case of animal cruelty deserving of very severe penalties".  

In response to the decision, Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) CEO Stuart Laing reaffirmed the industry's “zero tolerance” for baiting offences.

"GRV welcomes the decision by the Victorian Racing Tribunal to hand life disqualifications to two registered trainers found guilty of live baiting," Laing said.

"The industry has zero tolerance for any baiting offences, which not only impact animal welfare but also undermine the integrity of the sport and damages the reputation of the greyhound racing industry.

"GRV will continue to pursue life bans for those who engage in an abhorrent practice which jeopardises the hard work and livelihoods of thousands of Victorian greyhound racing participants."

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