Orlando greyhounds will be free

Dear Friends,


With your help, our dream to close Sanford-Orlando and all Florida dog tracks will come true on November 6. That’s when Florida citizens will vote on Amendment 13 to phase out dog racing once and for all.​

First, let me introduce you to Carlin, one of the dogs who has come into my sanctuary at Elite Greyhound Adoptions in Loxahatchee. Carlin's back end was paralyzed during her last race at the Sanford Orlando dog track. When she arrived, she was covered in feces and we used a towel to help her walk. ​

Carlin the injured greyhound

What happened to Carlin is not unusual. According to official records, there were 87 injuries, including 64 broken bones at the Orlando track in just fifteen months beginning in May 2017. That’s an injury every five days! Even worse, five dogs died. Beautiful Carlin could have been one of these victims.

  • On July 13, 2017, two-year-old black female Quiet Riot broke her back. She was destroyed, and her race footage disappeared.
  • On October 7, 2017, three-year-old white and black female Bar Burry collided with another greyhound. She "sustained a neck injury" and was also paralyzed. Three days later, she was destroyed.
  • On August 3, 2018, two-year-old Spiral Andi collapsed and died during a Sanford Orlando race. The record attributes her death to “exertional hyperthermia” or heat stroke.

This information is now public because local volunteers worked with us to pass a local ordinance, the Greyhound Protection Act, which made such disclosure mandatory in their county. Now that racing cruelty is documented, we can make our case statewide that this cruelty must end.​


Since 2008, there have been 60 investigations of kennel workers at the Orlando track alone. Complaints included charges of drug positives, possession of syringes and vials, animal abuse and neglect. For example, kennel owner Kathi LaCasse was witnessed “lifting and jerking a greyhound by the leash” which resulted in the dog being hit on the head with a metal clasp. There have been numerous cocaine positives at this track as well, ranging from drug-positive dogs and illegal possession of a hypodermic needles.​

I have been rescuing greyhounds for several years now and my dream will come true when my sanctuary and GREY2K USA Worldwide are no longer needed! But right now, we are in the fight of our lives to make racing illegal in its biggest US state.​

Take a look at Carlin now, and then please help us spread the word that greyhounds deserve to be free. 

Are you with me?

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Sonia Stratemann
Florida Director,
GREY2K USA Worldwide


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