Middle Tennessee groups that work to find home to retired racing greyhounds say they're bracing for the worst after Florida voters opted to ban dog racing.
On Tuesday, Florida voters passed Amendment 13, a proposal that bans betting on dog races in the state. Currently, Florida has more than half the dog tracks in the United States. Those tracks will have to be closed by December of 2020.
"It will put ten to fifteen thousand dogs out on the street," Liz Trapp said. Trapp is president of Music City Greyhound Adoption, a mid-state group that helps find homes for retired race dogs. Trapp said the group usually takes in 5 to ten dogs at a time, but is preparing to be asked to take in double that amount.
Now, Trapp and other greyhound groups are asking for help from the community, to help them prepare for the race track closures.
"They can offer to foster," Trapp explained. "And if they cant foster, they can donate money. If they have any ideas on things we can do to fundraise, that would just be great."
You can find more information on fostering retired racing greyhounds at the Music City Greyhound Adoption website. Another local group, Greyhound Pets of America, is also asking for help ahead of the Florida closures.