Thousands of dogs will need new homes after Florida votes to ban greyhound racing
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The future of thousands of dogs has been put into question after Floridians on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to ban greyhound racing in the state.

Roughly 6,000 dogs will need new homes, according to The Washington Post, since the state voted to outlaw greyhound racing in Florida by January 2021. Florida houses 11 of the U.S.'s 17 active dog racing tracks, the Post notes.

Organizations and local adoption groups are now moving to protect the soon-to-be retired dogs. 

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The Florida state director of the Humane Society of the United States, Kate MacFall, told USA Today that groups are already mobilizing in other states to find the dogs new homes.

“We see this as an incredible opportunity to find homes,” MacFall told the newspaper.

Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, celebrated the decision, telling The Orlando Sentinel that “thousands of dogs will be spared the pain and suffering that is inherent in the greyhound racing industry.” 

“We are so grateful to the volunteers, campaign members, coalition partners, contributors and endorsers who came together in support of this historic effort to end the cruelty of greyhound racing,” Block added. 

The Committee to Protect Dogs, which also lobbied for the ban, called the results on Tuesday a “knock-out blow to a cruel industry that has been hurting and killing dogs for nearly a century,” in a statement to the Post. 

Amendment 13 passed with roughly 69 percent of the vote on Tuesday.