Two animal-rights groups have started putting their money behind a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban greyhound racing in Florida.
The Humane Society of the United States and Grey2K USA Worldwide each contributed $100,000 in June to the Committee to Protect Dogs, a political committee backing Amendment 13 on the November ballot, according to a newly filed finance report.
Grey2K also contributed $55,000 in May and has made in-kind contributions such as staff time. In all, the Committee to Protect Dogs had raised $317,756 as of June 29 and had nearly $296,000 in cash on hand, the report shows.
The state Constitution Revision Commission placed the proposed greyhound-racing ban on the November ballot.
But the Florida Greyhound Association, which includes greyhound owners and trainers, has filed a lawsuit in Leon County circuit court seeking to block the ballot measure. The pending lawsuit contends that the ballot language is flawed.
The First Coast has one greyhound track. BestBet Orange Park operates a track at 455 Park Avenue. Orange Park has been home to greyhound racing for more than 70 years, according to BestBet Orange Park.