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From Greyhound Pets of America – National

Thursday, November 15 2018

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
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OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF FLORIDA
AMENDMENT 13

Glendale, AZ- Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) National President Rory Goree announced today that GPA is working closely with the greyhound racing community and adoption groups across the country to ensure that all greyhounds currently racing in Florida are either adopted or returned to their owners in 2020, when live racing ends in the state. Goree criticized animal extremists who are hyping hysteria and misleading Floridians by suggesting that the passage of Amendment 13, a measure that will end live greyhound racing in Florida in two years, has created an immediate crisis in greyhound adoption. Nearly all Florida tracks have confirmed that they plan to continue to offer live racing until 2020 as allowed under Amendment 13.

“There is no immediate urgency to find homes for the canine athletes who will be dislocated in 2020,” Goree said. “GPA has been working in the field of greyhound adoption for decades, and we know how to prepare for this planned transition out of live racing. When the time comes, all greyhounds will be adopted or returned to their owners,” he said.

Goree said GPA’s network includes many of the national organization’s state and regional affiliates, and also includes numerous non-GPA groups. “Animal welfare is always top priority for the greyhound adoption groups. GPA-National spearheaded the placement of greyhounds from other track closures in Massachusetts, Arizona, and Tampa Greyhound Park, which suspended live racing in 2007. The track still operates a simulcast facility and poker room. GPA Tampa Bay aided the Tampa track in pet placement. That chapter has been the official greyhound adoption agency for historic Derby Lane for over two decades in St. Petersburg FL and will play an even bigger role in the future.”

“We appreciate the many people who have called and emailed us offering to take greyhounds,” Goree noted, “but the majority of these greyhounds will continue to race for the next two years, so there’s no crisis here.” He said that GPA and cooperating adoption groups have well-developed systems in place to track every greyhound and to screen prospective greyhound adopters.

Goree challenged the animal rights groups that promoted Amendment 13 to shift their energy from creating public hysteria to supporting the greyhound adoption effort. “These groups are very quick to take credit for closing these tracks, but we have yet to see even one of them contribute financially to the massive relocation effort that will be necessary in 2020,” he concluded.

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