The IGOBF wrote to IGB raising concerns when 9 of 48 Irish dogs were alleged to have tested positive for prohibited substances at Doncaster sales. The response from Pat Herbert, IGB Director of Regulation does not inspire confidence.


Date: Thu 1 Jul 2021, 15:41
Subject: FW: Doncaster 9 positives

Dear Mr Walsh

This correspondence will acknowledge your email correspondence of June 30th 2021.

Rásaíocht Con Éireann will examine the matter to ascertain if any integrity related issues arise.

Kind Regards,

Pat Herbert | Director of Regulation


From: igobf igobf <>
Sent: 30 June 2021 09:57
To: PR <>
Subject: Doncaster 9 positives


Dear Mr Herbert,

I would like to bring to your attention rumours that are circulating on social media. It is being claimed that 9 Irish dogs, out of 48 offered for sale, tested positive for prohibited substances. It is being claimed that the 9 dogs had travelled from Ireland immediately prior to the sale and had never set foot in a UK kennel.

Can you explain how 9 dogs out of 48 tested in Doncaster tested positive for prohibited substances when, according to GRI Annual Report 2020, the testing process that you are responsible for in Ireland only found a total of 11 positives from 4,251 dogs sampled in the entire year?

Have you identified or do GRI have the capability to accurately identify the owners and movements of these dogs prior to leaving Ireland?

Are any of the 9 dogs owned by employees of GRI (permanent or temporary)?

If these rumours are found to be true, what measures do you plan to take to reduce the reputational damage that will inevitably be done as a result of such recklessness?


Tony Walsh

Chairperson IGOBF