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Groups put money behind proposed greyhound racing ban

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Two animal-rights groups have started putting their money behind a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban greyhound racing in Florida.

The Humane Society of the United States and Grey2K USA Worldwide each contributed $100,000 in June to the Committee to Protect Dogs, a political committee backing Amendment 13 on the November ballot, according to a newly filed finance report.

Grey2K also contributed $55,000 in May and has made in-kind contributions such as staff time.

In all, the Committee to Protect Dogs had raised $317,756 as of June 29 and had nearly $296,000 in cash on hand, the report shows.

847 Greyhounds test postive for drugs

The state Constitution Revision Commission placed the proposed greyhound-racing ban on the November ballot. But the Florida Greyhound Association, which includes greyhound owners and trainers, has filed a lawsuit in Leon County circuit court seeking to block the ballot measure. The pending lawsuit contends that the ballot language is flawed.

Last December, Grey2K released a report saying 847 greyhounds throughout the U.S. had tested positive for drugs over the last decade, including 8 greyhounds at the Sarasota Kennel Club. The drugs included cocaine, opioids, novacane and lidocaine. According to their data, 71 greyhounds in Florida tested positive for cocaine.

But racing advocates despute that report, saying the number of positive drug tests is misleading. The National Greyhound Association says over the last decade, there's been more than 6 million racing starts and when you take that into consideration, 847 is small number.

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