The request follows a newspaper report earlier this month. The article pointed to the positive tests for cocaine in more than 100 dogs over a three year period at Florida dog tracks.
State racing regulators say the problem is not widespread. They note the state conducted more than 100,000 drug tests of dogs in that period, so the number of positive tests was less than one-tenth of one percent. They also say that they suspend or revoke the license of the trainer of nearly every dog who tests positive.
But critics want an independent investigation to see if dogs are being intentionally drugged. The groups also are pushing the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation to alert law enforcement when a dog tests positive for cocaine.