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Greyhound racing-ban group releases first wave of endorsements

The Protect Dogs-Yes on 13 campaign Friday announced endorsements from over 20 local animal groups.

The group is promoting passage of Amendment 13, put on the November ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC).

The proposal, which needs no less than 60 percent approval to be added to the state constitution, aims at ending commercial dog racing in the state. In Florida, live dog racing is still conducted at 12 tracks.

“These organizations serve as animal welfare first responders throughout the state, from the Panhandle to Key West,” the campaign said in a statement. “They rescue homeless animals, save lives, and provide an invaluable service to both animals and people in every community.”

“The animal sheltering community is united in our support of Amendment 13,” added Rich Anderson, Executive Director and CEO of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in West Palm Beach. “Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane and should be phased out.”

The local animal shelters who announced endorsements are:

Alaqua Animal Refuge

Brevard Humane Society

Cat Depot

Flagler Humane Society

Florida Keys SPCA

First Coast No More Homeless Pets

Gulf Coast Humane Society

Halifax Humane Society

Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Humane Society of the Treasure Coast

Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County

Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue

Leon County Humane Society

Last Hope Rescue FL

Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

SPCA Florida

SPCA Tampa Bay

St. Augustine Humane Society

Tampa Pets

Written By

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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