Doris Day group boosts efforts to outlaw Florida dog racing

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In this Tuesday, June 17, 2014, photo, greyhounds race at the Flagler Dog Track in Miami. Greyhound racing used to be a popular sport in the United States, but in recent years it has fallen out of favor with gamblers and aficionados. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Efforts to ban dog racing in Florida have gotten a boost from actress Doris Day’s animal-rights foundation.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Doris Day Animal League has donated $1.5 million to help efforts in passing Amendment 13. 

If Florida voters approve it in November, the ballot measure will eventually prohibit tracks in Florida from racing dogs in connection with wagering.

It is one of eight proposed constitutional amendments on November’s ballot in Florida.

The newspaper reports there are only 17 greyhound racing tracks in the country, but Florida has 11 of them.

A group of Greyhound breeders and owners oppose the measure and have sued to keep it off the ballot.

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