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Greyhound Bill First Out the Gate in Senate

A bill to protect racing greyhounds became the first bill to pass the Florida Senate during this year's legislative session on Tuesday.

The bill, titled theVictoria Q. Gaetz 22 Racing Greyhound Protection Act"would require racetrack owners to report greyhound injuries to the state via a signed form within seven days of when the injury occurs. The form would be required to be completed and signed under oath.

The bill was named in honor of former Senate President Don Gaetz's wife.Gaetz co-sponsored the bill, which was filed by Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood.

According to the bill, racetrack owners will be required to report the greyhound's name, its right- and left-ear tattoo numbers, the name and address of the greyhound's owner, the dog's height, weight and color, as well as the type of injury sustained and the anticipated recovery time.

For injuries sustained during a race, owners would be required to submit the location, distance, grade, race and weather conditions when the race occurred.

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