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A Greyhound Dies Every 3 Days in Florida

A Greyhound Dies Every 3 Days in Florida

For the first time ever, the public is seeing the inside of Florida’s greyhound racing industry. According to new state records, a racing greyhound dies every three days in the Sunshine State. In total, at least 92 greyhounds have died in Florida since May 31, 2013. Documented deaths include dogs who suffered broken legs, greyhounds that collapsed and died, and a dog who died after suffering apparent heat stroke after completing a race. This new information was compiled into a report titled ”The Final Lap,” and recently released to every member of the Florida legislature.

In addition to state death records, GREY2K USA was able to obtain photographs and video footage from the final races for several greyhounds who died in Florida. This video, named ”No Sunshine,” gives viewers the first real look into this cruel animal industry.

The tracks with the largest number of deaths were Derby Lane and Daytona Beach Kennel Club, each with twelve deaths. Sanford Orlando followed with eight reported deaths. Most of the dogs who died were less than three years old, and the two youngest dogs to perish were just 17-months-old. Tmc’s Cates Cure died at the Florida Kennel Compound when she fell and broke her leg in several places during a training race. The other of the youngest dogs to die careened into a rail at the Flagler dog track. The little pup’s body could not sustain the impact of collision. Sadly, the trainer had not even bothered to give this dog a name.

The Florida death records also document apparent cases of animal neglect. For example, Tempo Man Eater was a red greyhound who raced for the last time at Pensacola Greyhound Track on August 30. The following morning she refused to eat. Her trainer started to force feed her and contacted the kennel owner about the dog’s condition. The owner, who was out of town, told the trainer that he would take Tempo Man Eater to the veterinarian when he returned three days later. The dog received no veterinary care, and was force fed until September 4, when she was found dead inside her cage. When Tempo Man Eater died, she was two months shy of her second birthday and had only raced eight times.

Another greyhound, named Penrose Jake, died after racing at Orange Park Kennel Club on August 22. According to his death notification, the 3-year-old fawn dog died after colliding with another greyhound during a race. One month before his death, a track tipsheet stated that Penrose Jake was “running hot” and a good dog to gamble on. Penrose Jake died needlessly, for a form of gambling that is dying and is no longer economically viable.

Other greyhounds were electrocuted, broke their legs, suffered heat strokes or simply died of exhaustion, all so that someone could place a $2 bet.

It is time to finally end this cruelty. On February 19, we released The Final Lap and No Sunshine at a statehouse press conference in Tallahassee. Leaders of GREY2K USA and the ASPCA were joined at this event by two rescued greyhounds, and five compassionate lawmakers. Senator Eleanor Sobel, Representative Jared Moskowitz, Representative Matt Gaetz, Representative John Wood and Representative Ray Pilon stood together to announce new decoupling and injury reporting legislation. Humane groups are urging lawmakers to eliminate a state mandate that requires dog racing, and also require that dog tracks begin reporting on all injuries for the first time. Florida is now one of only two states, with Alabama, that does not publicly report greyhound injuries. Read our joint press release with the ASPCA to learn more.

A new day is coming in our fight to end dog racing in Florida. Check out today’s video and then stay tuned for ways you can help pass humane legislation for greyhounds this year.  The greyhounds can’t speak for themselves and are counting on us to help give them a voice.

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2:47PM PDT on Mar 14, 2014

Awful.

12:26PM PDT on Mar 14, 2014

Yes, this atrocity along with all other forms of abuse must stop. We are all responsible. As long as greed pays, whether legal or not, abuse by the powerful over those without power or a voice, will continue. BUT frankly, I am weary of the "humans are the scum of the planet" comments. To lump 'all humans' into one category is as ludricrous and unfair as any other broad sweeping generalization or stereotype. For those wishing to ban all humans from the planet, think again of every animal rescuer or animal rights group, or those who go under cover to obtain video footage of atrocities that otherwise would be hidden, to those who work tirelessly to change legislation banning puppy mills, gas chambers, strengthening animal cruelty or dog fighting laws, to the average human who stops in traffic to pick up that dog wandering aimlessly that no one else stopped for or spent hours tracking an emaciated, frightened stray, to the volunteers, fosters, sponsors at animals rescues...the list goes on. So next time you want to rid the world of all humans, be careful what you wish for.

5:16AM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

sad

12:44PM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

It is only a matter of time that this atrocity must come to an end now that the word is out.....and it can't come soon enough!

9:25AM PST on Mar 7, 2014

A sweet and elegant dog that has been caught up in the debauchery of man. I'm afraid that until we impose much heavier sanctions and penalties we will not get the worst offenders attention; after all these type of people have no conscience. As long as people such as these can profit they will turn a blind eye to cruelty unless they are looking at a very stiff sentence. Even the death penalty does not stop some people from committing murder! They must be addressed on a level they will understand and I for one am ready and more than willing to do it!

3:57AM PST on Mar 7, 2014

Do these people sleep at night knowing how they treat these beautiful animals?

10:54PM PST on Mar 6, 2014

The abuse and lack of care these animals are subjected to is appalling. Racing needs to be stopped as it is the only way to ensure the safety of the dogs.

11:16AM PST on Mar 4, 2014

Why does the human species continue to support animal abuse just to entertain and make a bit of money. Greyhound racing, rodeos, steeple racing and even straight out horse racing has a nasty side to it. I'm presently trying to get rodeos banned in Victoria as they blatantly breach the Prevention of Animal Cruelty Acts of 1096 and 2002. Just ban the flank straps in rodeos and see what happens? We should be treating our animals with more respect. We can't even treat our own species with respect which is pathetic. We have to be the worst species on this planet.

6:03AM PST on Mar 4, 2014

Humans are the scum of this planet. Those who want to race should race themselves; that's call marathon or Olympic and those who watch and bet should bet on human racing.. Leave all animals alone. Horses and dogs racing, cockfighting and force feeding on ducks are all cruelties that are unnecessary, but humans are always being creative on the evil side, they must be born with demon's blood!!!!! Anything that put any animal on jeopardy should be banned.

1:46AM PST on Mar 4, 2014

And how many are there that no one knows about. There was a track in NH and they just dumped dead bodies wherever they found a secluded place.

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