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.
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take place because of an outdated state mandate which requires greyhound
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".
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
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
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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