The Sarasota Kennel Club began their greyhound racing season just last week. However, they did not comply with the state's regulations on how the dogs should be housed.
For nearly two years, Florida's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has been working on a rule banning wooden cages from dog tracks, insisting they must be replaced with metal cages.
“Wood in particular is a haven for ticks. They absorb urine. They are an ideal breeding ground as well for bacteria,” said Carey Theil, executive director of GREY2K USA.
The largest greyhound protection organization in the U.S. told us the Kennel Club is not following the rules.
“At Sarasota Kennel Club there are hundreds of greyhounds that are enduring lives of confinement,” said Theil.
GREY 2K's executive director told us that last season they asked to see the track's injury reports, but after various excuses Sarasota Kennel Club ultimately refused.
“We believe that injuries at Sarasota Kennel Club is one of the track's dirty little secrets,” said Theil.
Earlier this year, Theil alleges a dog died from electrocution after falling onto the race track rail during a race. According to a report from the Herald Tribune in April of this year, 14 greyhounds were euthanized due to track accidents.
We went to the Sarasota Kennel Club today, and asked to see last season's injury reports; but the Kennel Club's Veterinarian, Dr. David Wyatt, told us the reports were at his home, but he did show us this past week's reports.
And he says the kennel club does follow the rules.
“The decision for euthanasia is not made by the veterinarian, it's made by the owner and the trainer,” said Dr. Wyatt.
The Sarasota Kennel Club has filed a waiver request with state regulators regarding the cages. The state tells us an investigation is underway.