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Tallahassee, Florida -- Greyhound protection groups released a report and video revealing that 74 racing greyhounds died in Florida between May 31 and December 31. 

The protection groups involved are GREY2K USA and the ASPCA The report, titled "The Final Lap," summarizes Greyhound Death Notifications which have only been made mandatory reporting in May 2013. Greyhound injury reporting is still not mandatory in Florida. 

"A racing greyhound dies in Florida every three days," said Carey Theil, executive director of GREY2K USA. "These dogs are dying needlessly in races that only take place because of an outdated state mandate which requires greyhound racing."

According to state data, greyhounds died at ten racetracks across the state, with the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Derby Lane reporting a shocking 12 deaths each. The deaths were due to catastrophic injuries - including one instance of a dog who was bumped into the rail during schooling and electrocuted - illnesses, and suspected heat stroke, among other causes. Fifty-one of the dogs that died were under three-years-old and one dog was so young he didn't even have a name and was called "puppy". 

"This report illustrates the urgent need for more stringent laws to protect greyhounds and prevent these unnecessary deaths in the future," said Ann Church, vice president of state affairs for the ASPCA. "Greyhounds are gentle, loving dogs, and the 'sport' of dog racing is cruel, costly and quickly losing support nationwide."

The humane groups also released a two-minute video attached to this story titled "No Sunshine," which contains footage from the final races of four greyhounds who died at Florida tracks in 2013. 

In Florida, state law requires businesses with gambling licenses to also operate greyhound tracks, which costs a staggering $35 million each year. Advocates are urging state lawmakers to eliminate this mandate.

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