Apparently unbeknownst to its trainer a winning greyhound has turned to meth. While Zipping Sarah was out of her trainer's supervision she somehow became exposed to methamphetamines before winning a race.
Zipping Sarah finished first, winning a stake of just over $4000. However, the stake was not paid after post-race urine samples revealed methamphetamine and amphetamine in its system.
The dog was one of two brought from Foxton to Christchurch on the day of the race by a licensed kennel hand who stopped for a short time to visit a friend in Kaiapoi.
The JCA did not reach a conclusion on when the drug had been administered and said in its judgement that Turnwald had not carried out "a deliberate wrongdoing".
However, JCA panel chairman Warwick Gendall QC said: "Methamphetamine is a potent central nervous system stimulant which poses significant animal welfare issues and the level of Amphetamine (as it metabolised from Methamphetamine) in the sample was particularly large."