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Iowa regulators are investigating the death of a greyhound dog, and whether it's connected to a performance enhancing drug recently found in others from the same kennel.

Administrator Brian Ohorilko of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission says the dog died Wednesday night.

This coming after two kennels and two trainers were suspended when dogs from both tested positive for a drug called ractopamine, mostly used for feeding livestock, because it promotes muscle growth while cutting down body fat.

He added the dog that died did not test positive for the drug.

Now the two kennels will have their case heard Monday.  Investigators are trying to figure out if the drug was administered intentionally, or if it was introduced accidentally.  The hearing was originally slated for Thursday afternoon, but was pushed back as the trainers hope to have more test results by next week.

Jerry Crawford, lawyer for the Iowa Greyhound Association, told KWWL Thursday that the trainers had already taken and passed polygraphs asking whether they administered the drug.  "I believe both suspensions will be lifted next week," he said.  "I think this has all been much a-do about nothing."

In the meantime, races have been cut from 15 to 12 because fewer dogs are available to race.  It would return to normal if both suspensions are lifted.

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