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South Australia’s peak greyhound racing industry body has handed down a life ban and a $220,000 fine to trainer Tony Rasmussen after he was found guilty of charges related to animal mistreatment. Rasmussen, who pleaded not guilty, was ultimately convicted by the Independent Integrity Hearing Panel (IHP). His training licenses were immediately suspended following an ABC investigation that revealed footage of greyhound mistreatment.

This penalty is the most significant ever delivered in South Australian greyhound racing history. In addition to Tony Rasmussen’s punishment, Lisa Rasmussen, another trainer, pleaded guilty to three charges and received a 15-year disqualification along with a $20,000 fine.

The RSPCA is also conducting a separate investigation into potential criminal charges.

In response to these events, a new role, Greyhound Industry Reform Inspector (GIRI), has been established. Sal Perna has been appointed to this position to deliver recommendations for reform, aiming to improve the welfare and integrity of the greyhound racing industry.


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Article Title: Greyhound trainer Tony Rasmussen handed life ban, fined for ill treatment of greyhounds
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