It was disheartening to read the Herald's recent article "Adapting for the Long Run," which featured the Sarasota Kennel Club. I was appalled to see the promotion of dog racing, a sport which should be (by now) a thing of the past.
Dog racing is such a cruel sport that it has been outlawed in most states across the nation. In fact, Florida is one of the few (seven) states that still allows dog racing.
Not only are the dogs used in greyhound racing forced to live lives of confinement in small cages when not out on the track racing, they endure serious injuries such as cardiac arrest, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries.
Another shocking (but true) fact is that greyhounds are often killed when they no longer become profitable due to old age or health issues that slow them down during a race.
In the future, you should consider the welfare of these innocent, beautiful, and gentle creatures.
Jennifer C. Donner