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 BONITA SPRINGS Passage of Amendment 13 shuts down Florida Greyhound racing by 2020 Published: November 7 gambling problem hotline

But helping these animals, such as the powerful Greyhounds, has some in Florida optimistic about the future.

Writer:   Michael Mora  

Now with Amendment 13 passing on Tuesday, all 12 tracks must be shut down by 2020.

Updated: November 7, 2018 7:15 PM EST

“That upset me a lot,” Jocelito Rousseau said. “I think it’ll put a dent on Florida gambling.”

Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Racing and Poker will continue providing gambling. But jobs will be lost and thousands of dogs could be up for adoption.

Florida records show that on average, two of the state’s approximate 8,000 racing dogs die of injury or illness weekly while supporters of the Greyhound racing industry said injured dogs have quality veterinary treatment.

Greyhounds that compete in races. Photo via WINK News.

Still, for over 80 years, dog racing has been a staple in Florida. Recent figures from the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering show between 2012 to 2017, over $1.2 billion was wagered on Greyhound races at Florida’s tracks. The state carries the most tracks in the nation.

“The legs that were broken,” Buuck said. “The tails that had been. They call it ‘happy tail’ because it would hit the inside of the crate.”


Greyhounds that compete in races. Photo via WINK News

“I think the dogs are abused,” Charlie Keller said, a poker player. “I think it’s all about money.”

“When they came to us,” Buuck said, “they were full of ticks and fleas and worms.”

The condition she and others claim they found these tall slender animals in was disturbing.

“Our home is always open,” Sally Bucck said.

Reporter:   Britni McDonald

“This place is sustained on the poker playing now,” Charlie Keller said. “Not many people are interested in the dogs like they used to be.”

For years, Sally Buuck fostered dozens of former racing Greyhounds.


Historically, Greyhound racing often was the attraction that brought people to the poker tables. But the sport was losing interest and the state has been losing money since the 1990s.

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