Greyhound Racing

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Florida Greyhound Deaths: 131 Dogs Killed Last Year at State Tracks

    The dog was electrocuted before it even had a name. In October of last year, the anonymous animal "fell into a rail" and died at a Flagler compound training track, newly released records from the Department of Parimutuel Wagering show. "Some of the cases are just heartbreaking," says Carey Theil, p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Greyhound Decoupling Bill Dies, but Injury Reporting Is Step Closer to Getting Passed

    The drive to get greyhound decoupling in Florida was on the cusp of being passed Tuesday when it met with an abrupt and swift death in the Florida Senate, thanks to a procedural vote. A rules challenge by Sen. Jack Latvala effectively killed the decoupling bill, even though the bill had the votes. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Greyhound Decoupling Bill Hits Snag but Is Not Dead Yet

    The measure that could lead the way to virtually ending greyhound racing in Florida hit an abrupt snag earlier this week, putting a damper on some serious momentum gained by proponents in the past several months. While state senators approved a bill on Tuesday that would require racetracks to repor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Bills to End Greyhound Racing Moving Forward Through State Legislature

    A couple of bills that would force greyhound tracks to report dog injuries are making their way through the House and Senate. Meanwhile, the fight to add decoupling to the bills is also on the docket.  If decoupling can get pushed through, it could virtually end greyhound racing in Florida as w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Seventy-four Greyhounds Died in Florida During Second Half of 2013

    The greyhound racing industry has always had considerable influence in Tallahassee. The passage of the 90 percent rule (a rule that allows dog racing tracks to add gambling tables only if they maintain 90 percent of the races the track ran in 1996) might be its greatest feat since greyhound racing w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Greyhound Trainer Forged Dead Veterinarian's Name as Proof of Vaccinations, State Says

    James E. "Barney" O'Donnell, a man who runs greyhounds at Mardi Gras Racetrack in Hallandale Beach, showed state officials proof that 94 of his greyhounds had had their vaccinations updated and could, therefore, keep on racing. The problem? The vet who signed the paperwork has long been dead. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Greyhound Racing Decoupling To Be Decided By Senate Gaming Committee

    On Monday, the Senate Gaming Committee will be meeting in Tallahassee to hear public and industry reactions to gaming and gambling issues, including greyhound racing. Grey2K, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cruelty of greyhound racing, is asking greyhound lovers, dog lovers, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Why Greyhound Racing Could End in Florida This Year

    ​Last week State Sen. Maria Sachs, a Democrat from Delray Beach, proposed a new bill that would allow greyhound tracks to keep their slot machines and poker tables, even if they don't actually race dogs on-premises. The bill (SB 1594) would end the 15-year-old live-racing requirement established i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Mardi Gras Dog Track Loses $2.5 Million A Year On Greyhound Racing

    ​Though greyhound racing in Florida pre-dates pro football, baseball, just about every other kind of entertainment, the dog tracks in Broward and Miami-Dade have been losing money on the moribund industry. Dan Adkins, the president of the Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center in Hallandale Beach, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Greyhound Racing Ends in New England, Opponents Focus On Florida

    Tara NieuwesteegJailamony enjoying her new backyard.​This time last year we had a cover story about Jailamony, a greyhound with a broken leg, and the national fight over greyhound racing. While Florida, with 13 tracks, remains the mecca of dog racing in this country, other states continue banning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Senate Strikes Amendment That Could Have Ended Greyhound Racing

    C. Stiles​Greyhound protection groups from all over the country strongly advocated for an amendment that could have ended live greyhound racing in Florida, but the amendment was ruled "non-germane" and did not see a vote.In Florida, home to more than half the dog tracks in the country, current law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Antiracing Group Calls for State to Investigate Greyhound Trainer

    A check written from a greyhound trainer to a man who confessed to shooting and burying thousands of dogs.​A national anti-dog-racing group has officially requested that the Department of Business and Professional Regulation investigate whether the state has the authority to revoke the license of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Woman Arrested for Helping Kill Over 2,000 Greyhounds Is Training Dogs In Florida Again

    Authorities found the bodies of more than 2,000 greyhounds buried on an 18-acre property. Most had gun shot wounds in the head and neck.​A woman arrested on felony charges for helping kill more than 2,000 greyhounds from all over the state has been training racing dogs again in Florida as recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    [UPDATE] Greyhound Advocates Rallying Against Racing at Mardi Gras

    If it's not completely clear, the clip above shows a 76-pound male greyhound named BB's Story Book (referred to by the announcer as "the five") falling in the first turn of a race at Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center in Hallandale Beach, getting up, running the wrong way on the track, and event ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Dog Racing Done in Wisconsin; What This Means for Florida

    Thomas Francis​It wasn't so long ago that Wisconsin had five dog tracks, second only to Florida in terms of total live-racing facilities. This week, the operators of the Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha announced that the track will end racing on New Year's Eve. This will mark the end of greyh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Is Greyhound Racing Doomed in Florida?

    C. Stiles In the past two weeks, two greyhound racing tracks have announced that they are either ending live racing or shutting down completely: one in Arizona and one in Texas. Both tracks had been in operation for more than 50 years. With every track closing, opponents of racing look aga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Greyhound Racing Suspended in Rhode Island; Racing Opponents Eye Florida

    "Wouldn't you rather pet me than bet on me?"​Last weekend, greyhound racing was suspended at Twin River, the only active track in Rhode Island. The track is bankrupt, in part it says, because of the cost of dog racing. The state assembly there is trying to revive the moribund industry, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    New Hampshire Ends Live Greyhound Racing; Will Florida Follow Suit?

    Jailamony used to race at Mardi Gras. Now she sits around looking adorable. Live greyhound racing in New Hampshire ended swiftly this week with a new state bill that allows the two tracks there to have simulcast betting without having to run dogs on the premises. Similar bills have been propo ... More >>

  • News

    May 21, 2009

    Heartbreak at 45 mph

    Scenes from the life of a racing greyhound.