Some Seminole County residents are pushing for commissioners to consider a petition for the "Greyhound Protection Act" that they claim better protects racing greyhounds. The amendment would put more rules on the books in Seminole County about how the club would document dogs’ injuries, their futures after racing, and information about the dogs’ sale. It would also require that the dogs be licensed in Seminole County. The petition would force the issue onto the November ballot if commissioners don’t vote in favor of the ordinance.
While the petition touches on an issue that has been the subject of discussion between state and local leaders for some time, some of the items in the petition are already covered by the state.
The general manager at the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club said the state already watched the business closely, so he doesn’t think the county should have much more say on how it operates. While the petition does not target the Kennel Club by name, it is clearly a target of the petition. Its general manager asserts that it doesn't need county-level oversight because the state is already regulating the Club; a greyhound adoption group also noted that many of the items outlined in the ordinance are already required.
In Tallahassee, there’s been a push to change state law to allow decoupling, or allowing tracks to end racing, but keep making money through card rooms and games.
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WFTV9, "Petition underway to monitor greyhound racing at county level," August 8, 2016, http://www.wftv.com/news/local/petition-underway-to-monitor-greyhound-racing-at-county-level/419572206