Meet the face of Florida dog racing. Longtime kennel operator Barney O'Donnell has admitted giving his dogs testosterone over many years and separately, was found to be faking vaccination records beginning in 2010 and throughout 2011.
In fact, the state has found that the veterinarian who supposedly signed the dogs' records during this period was dead!
Now watch last night's groundbreaking interview of kennel owner O'Donnell with reporter Jim Defede.
Kennel workers have been known to inject female greyhounds with steroids to prevent them from going into heat. This practice causes greyhounds to suffer. According to industry handbook Care of the Racing and Retired Greyhound, adverse side effects of male-derived hormonal preparations include increased aggression, increased weight due to water retention, loss of vigor, and virilization as evidenced by "vulvar swelling, enlarged protruding reddened clitoris, and a clear to cloudy mucoid discharge from the vulva that mats the hairs under the tail."
In extreme cases, as happened with one of our board member's dogs, the genitals of female greyhounds can become so deformed and the condition so painful, that surgery must be performed.
But there is good news to share with you now about the work to phase out greyhound racing in the Sunshine State. Yesterday afternoon, lawmakers on the Florida Gaming Committee announced they will include both decoupling and injury reporting in their comprehensive review of the racing laws this year. That's right, starting now, we will have the opportunity to pass legislation to help the greyhounds and work to phase out dog racing in Florida as never before.
Read the full Panama News Herald story here.
Thanks are due to all of our volunteers who testified before the Gaming Committee and who contacted their lawmakers and asked them to support this important humane legislation. We are also very grateful to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and The Humane Society of the United States for urging their members to participate as well. It was a wonderful team effort!
Now the stage is set and we will need everybody's help to end the cruelty of dog racing in the Sunshine State. Please stay tuned for ways that you can help and please make a donation to our campaign today.
It will take perseverance, the right strategy and a little bit of good luck for the Florida greyhounds to win this year. Please be a big part of these efforts. We just can't do this without you!
For the greyhounds,
Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.
Carey M. Theil
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