Cruelty, abuse and neglect exist at kennels and racetracks across Florida.
Below you will find some of the incidents that have been reported by the media in recent years. The information provided is courtesy of Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.
Read it and weep, then help put an end to dog racing, once and for all.
August 14, 2010: A greyhound fell in the first turn during a race at the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club, and suffered fatal injuries.
March 20, 2010: Four greyhounds fell and were injured during races at the Sarasota Kennel Club; three were immediately euthanized. The track reported that 14 greyhounds had been euthanized after accidents during the previous 19 weeks of racing.
January 2010: Two greyhounds, randomly selected for drug testing at the Orange Park Kennel Club, in Jacksonville, tested positive for cocaine.
August 2009: 22 greyhounds, belonging to a kennel at the Pensacola Greyhound Track were so severely neglected, they had to be euthanized.
August 2009: A greyhound trainer was fined $1,000 and suspended for 10 days after one of his dogs tested positive for cocaine. The dog raced at the Palm Beach Kennel Club and at Ebro Greyhound Park, among others.
November 19, 2008: A greyhound stumbled during a race at the Palm Beach Kennel Club and fractured both back legs. The injuries were so severe, the dog had to be euthanized.
November 17, 2008: A greyhound was killed at the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club after falling onto the electric rail that operates the mechanical lure.
April 2008: The track veterinarian at Mardi Gras Racetrack (Hallandale Beach) told New Timesthat he deals with about one serious injury per week; most are broken bones.
August 2007: Three dead greyhounds were discovered at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club. The dogs were believed to have died of heat exhaustion. The trainer had his license suspended, after three other dogs under his care tested positive for traces of cocaine (which is believed to enhance performance).
August 19, 2006: An evening race at the Mardi Gras Racetrack (formerly Hollywood Greyhound Track) went horribly wrong. Although injuries are common, this accident was caught on film. In the video, dog number 5 falls during the first turn. The race continues and as the dogs make their final turn, you can hear the announcer yelling, “Get the 5!” Dog number 5 recovered from the earlier fall, but began running the wrong way. The dog may have been hit by the mechanical lure. The dog suffered a fractured left shoulder and a lacerated artery, and was euthanized on site.
February 2006: Two employees of a racing kennel near the Daytona Beach Kennel Club were arrested and charged with cruelty to animals, for failing to provide veterinary treatment to dogs seriously injured in a fight. The animals were left alone to suffer without medical attention for 24 hours (one of the dogs died two days after the incident).
November 2003: Two greyhounds were seriously injured during races at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track on the same day. According to eyewitnesses, neither dog received immediate care, because no veterinarian was on duty.
July 2003: A 3-year-old greyhound named “Leta’s Princess” was euthanized on the track at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, after colliding with the motorized lure that greyhounds chase around the track.
May 2002: The remains of an estimated 3,000 greyhounds were discovered on the Alabama property of a former track security guard, who told authorities he had been killing unwanted greyhounds with a .22-caliber rifle for decades. Most of the dogs were from the Pensacola Greyhound track, but others were from racetracks elsewhere in Florida.
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