Sarasota animal activist protest dog track

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Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 6:45 pm

SARASOTA, FLA. - A few dozen protestors held signs on the sidewalk in front of the Sarasota Kennel Club Saturday.

“I don’t think animals should be used for monetary gain for human entertainment,” said Farrel Hansen from the Sarasota Animal Advocates. Hansen organized the protest and was happy with the turnout.

“We have people from Tampa, Hollywood, Florida, of course Bradenton, Sarasota and North Port.”

The animal lovers stood in front of the Sarasota Kennel Club because they believe dog racing is cruel and they say too many greyhounds are euthanized once their racing career is over.

“Once they loose the races, they die. They are not a money making machine any more,” said Carolyn Repeta.

Florida law requires dog tracks to offer a set number of dog races in order to provide other lucrative forms of gambling like poker.

“For them to have their card games, the dogs must run whether anyone is looking at it, they’ve got to run around in a little circle,” said Kathy Pelton, the Florida director of Grey2K USA, a group that advocates for ending dog racing nation wide.

Groups like Grey2K and even track owners hope Florida lawmakers will decouple dog racing from other gambling opportunities.

“It would just eliminate some of the racing requirements and we could still have other forms of gambling,” said Thomas Bowersox.

Bowersox is the director of racing at the Sarasota Kennel Club. He says they have a five-month race schedule and believes decoupling would be good for the Sarasota Kennel Club by allowing them to determine how many races they want to hold during their season.

Decoupling would be a small victory for animal activist like Repeta. She believes the number of dog races offered at dog tracks would because track owners would then be free to chose more lucrative gambling alternatives.

”They wont need the dogs to keep this building afloat and to keep it open and to get tourist to come here.”

On April 8 in Tallahassee, the Senate Gaming Committee will discus decoupling and requiring dog track to maintain records and report dog injuries which is part of SB 742.

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  • ra144 posted at 6:10 pm on Mon, Apr 7, 2014.

    ra144 Posts: 3

    Hey Chris, how come you're not interested in phasing out the unregulated dog racing that your Grey2k USA co-founder and director emeritus Jill Hopfenbeck in involved in?

    To read about the many lies and frauds of Dorchak and her Grey2k USA profit machine, visit:

  • GreyhoundMom posted at 5:42 pm on Mon, Apr 7, 2014.

    GreyhoundMom Posts: 3

    If you want to know where the millions of dollars Grey2K has had donated to them "for the dogs", go to:

    You can follow the money and see that only 1% of it actually benefits the dogs.

  • GreyhoundMom posted at 5:36 pm on Mon, Apr 7, 2014.

    GreyhoundMom Posts: 3

    You are stretching the truth more than a bit. Greyhound racing was not banned in Colorado. What was banned was WAGERING on the greyhounds. It is illegal to bet on live races there.

    What hurts, however, is the bill that you all supported took away the percentage of the handle from the greyhound adoption groups and it now goes to thoroughbred racing.

    Nothing like hurting those groups that actually rehome the dogs rather than push an animal rights lobby issue. Eh?

    Hurt those dogs, Christine! How many are you going to walk away from saying, "Oh the adoption groups will take care of them!"

  • jlkam posted at 2:27 pm on Sun, Apr 6, 2014.

    jlkam Posts: 1

    Seriously people, think about it. How in the world would there be anymore greyhounds left if this ridiculous statement were true. Please use your common sense. They do not die after they are done racing, If they were, how would so many of them be adopted and take over people's couches? This article is so full of lies and hate, I can't even imagine how it got printed. Doesn't anyone try to learn the truth anymore? Are your reporting skills so bad that you don't don't even care if it's accurate or not? If a lie is told often enough, people will believe it. If I said chocolate smelled like onions, would you check to make sure I was a credible source or print the misinformation as you have done here? I am thoroughly disgusted that you would vilify an industry without knowing the facts and one that has done so much to regulate the safety of the racers. Please watch this video and start your education on a topic you obviously know nothing about. Thank you.

  • GreyhoundMom posted at 2:01 pm on Sun, Apr 6, 2014.

    GreyhoundMom Posts: 3

    There are a couple of things I'd like to know. 1) They state 27,000 are killed and thousands find their way into adoptive homes. How can that be when there are fewer than 10,000 greyhounds bred annually? The math doesn't add up. 2) What gives these "activists" the right to force their beliefs on those who disagree? If you don't like dog racing, horse racing, circuses, etc., then don't go but let the rest of us enjoy it. I have to wonder how many of these self-righteous people, who condemn making money off of animals, eat meat of any kind? People make money off of ranching, fishing, etc.

  • greyhoundchristine posted at 1:59 pm on Sun, Apr 6, 2014.

    greyhoundchristine Posts: 1

    How wonderful to see the momentum to phase out dog racing in Florida! The Sunshine State was the first to legalize betting and wagering on greyhounds, in 1931. This set off a chain reaction across the country. Since 2001, dog racing has been relegated to just 7 states, as tracks have been ending live racing for both humane and economic reasons. Last month, Colorado became the 39th state to prohibit dog racing when Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill written by GREY2K USA and supported by the state's racing licensees themselves. Times are changing for the good!

    To learn more about greyhound racing, go to

    Christine Dorchak, Esq.
    President, GREY2K USA

  • GreytLuvr4 posted at 12:57 pm on Sun, Apr 6, 2014.

    GreytLuvr4 Posts: 1

    This is total rubbish. Over 95% of racing greyhounds either return home with their owners or are adopted at the end of their careers. I should know, I have 4 of them laying out in my backyard catching some sun!

    Casinos now want to eliminate racing when greyhound racing is what first allowed them to operate in FL. And before you start believing the lies from Grey2K look first into their organization. They are as corrupt and have been spouting lies for years.

  • ra144 posted at 11:23 am on Sun, Apr 6, 2014.

    ra144 Posts: 3

    "27,000 greyhounds killed a year"?. There aren't even 27,000 born in a year. All greyhounds are adopted after their racing career. Race tracks have on-site adoption facilities.

    The chance of a greyhound being injured in a race in one-half of one percent.

    Grey2k USA is a profit machine for its operators Chris Dorchak and partner Carey Theil. They lie and misrepresent facts about greyhound racing, while pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Their credibility as a non-profit is zero.

  • cincykid8 posted at 7:26 pm on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    cincykid8 Posts: 1

    first off spell the word lose right, it's not loose, i've never seen a dog killed after he didn't win a race, seems like we need some fact checking here, and lastly why don't you talk about how these sign people were standing in the road and all over the median even causing a traffic accident today, good job guys


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