The dogs won big in Florida

Dear Friends,
Yesterday afternoon, Florida history was made. The Greyhound Protection Act was passed by a vote of 4-1 by the Seminole County Board of Commissioners!
Seminole County will now be the first in Florida to give greyhounds the same protections as other dogs. That’s right, racing greyhounds will now be individually licensed and their kennels will be inspected by local animal officers for the first time! 
What’s more, kennel operators at the Sanford Orlando dog track will be required to provide injury reports to the public. They will also need to disclose the final fates of dogs once they stop racing. When injury and “disposition” reports have been introduced in other states, the number of greyhounds adopted (instead of killed) has more than doubled!
Congratulations are due to all the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard for the greyhounds! Led by Bryan and Carla Wilson of Winter Springs, they stood out day after day for months to collect the 14,180 signatures needed to bring this initiative to a vote. They became a regular fixture at local stores and restaurants, dog parks, car washes and more — all because they believed that we as citizens can come together to help these sweet dogs. See a gallery of photos from yesterday’s hearing.

Bryan and Carla are happy with the vote!

Bryan and Carla Wilson celebrate after the vote

Spearheaded by GREY2K USA Worldwide, this initiative was endorsed by the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and multiple greyhound adoption groups. It was a wonderful team effort.
Finally, we offer our greatest thanks to Commissioners Bob Dallari, Lee Constantine and Brenda Carey, each of whom spoke enthusiastically for the measure, to Commissioner Carlton Henley who waited three hours to cast his “Yes!” vote and to Chair John Horan who allowed the vote to be scheduled. Please contact each with your kind words.
The Committee to Protect Greyhounds will continue to bring measures like this one to other counties in Florida. Stay tuned for ways to help!
Remember, all options are now on the table and no road will be left untraveled for the greyhounds! GREY2K USA Worldwide has been working with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on an official rule to require injury reporting at dog tracks statewide. If we are successful and our language is approved by the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, the lives of thousands of greyhounds may be saved. Read our fact sheet and then please make a donation to help us save lives!
Kathy Pelton Kathy Pelton Signature
Kathy Pelton
Florida Director


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