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Michelle and I drove into Fort Lauderdale a couple of nights ago to hear from Grey2K USA, spearheading the drive to end greyhound racing in Florida.

As you probably know, November's ballot will include a proposal to add an amendment to the state constitution that would make greyhound racing illegal. If it passes, track owners in the state would be required to shut down racing operations by the end of 2020.

Sonia of Elite Greyhound Adoptions and two Grey2K leaders gave the presentation at the Humane Society of Broward County -- one stop on a state tour over the next few weeks. Basically, it was a rally to fire up grassroots support and explain their strategy for reaching voters. They hope to raise funds to air as many TV ads as possible over the next several months and focus on their basic message that racing is barbaric and cruel to the dogs.

Opposition to the measure, obviously, is coming from dog owners, trainers and others in the industry who are in danger of being put out of business. Track owners won't put up any fight, as racing has become a financial drain on their lucrative poker-room and casino businesses.

It is not my plan to follow this campaign on this blog. I fully expect the measure to pass. My interest will be in what will happen to the dogs once this measure passes. That's the information I will pass along as this campaign develops. As far as I know now, local shelters such as Elite, Hollydogs and Friends of Greyhounds as well as others across the country will be ready to accommodate any sudden wave of abandoned greyhounds if and when it happens.

Stay tuned here and keep an eye on those websites I've linked to stay posted. If you think you might be interested in adopting or fostering a dog or two as they start becoming available, contact one of those shelters and find out what you can do to get ready.

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