Florida Greyhound Racing

Greyhound dogs sprint around a turn during a race at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Oct. 4, 2018.

FLORIDA (Meredith) — Florida citizens voted Tuesday to end dog racing in the sunshine state, closing 11 of the country's 17 dog racing tracks.

Florida voters passed Amendment 13 by a margin of 69 percent to 31 percent, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The amendment will phase out dog racing completely by the end of 2020.

The amendment was sponsored by Grey 2K USA, the Doris Day Animal League and The Humane Society of the United States.

Florida was one of six states that houses dog racing tracks. With dog racing now being banned in Florida, the remaining states with tracks are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia, according to Grey 2K USA.

However, Florida is home to the most dog racing tracks of any state. All 11 of Florida's tracks will close, leaving just six tracks remaining across the country.

Dog racing is also legal in four states that do not house any racing tracks: Connecticut, Kansas, Oregon and Wisconsin.

With the addition of Florida, dog racing is now illegal in 41 states.

According to NBC, roughly 7,000 dogs in the industry -- most of which are greyhounds -- will be looking for their forever homes by Florida's ban date at the end of 2020.

Florida made dog racing legal in 1931, according to WFTX.

Dog racing by the numbers

  • Number of states where dog racing is legal and house racing tracks: 6, including Florida (now 5)
  • Number of states that do not have racing tracks but dog racing is legal: 4
  • Number of states where dog racing is illegal: 40 (now 41 including Florida)

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