After weeks of trying I was finally able to get out to the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track. I was given a tour by the general manager, Juan Fra. He did not want to go on camera, but I was able to ask him some questions during the tour to address some of your concerns.
We filmed the process and documented what we saw along the way.
The general manager says the dogs are weighed before and after each race as apart of regulation.
While filming this I was able to see back into the room with the kennels and from what I saw, it was air-conditioned and the dogs could stand up and move a little. However, I didn’t see any water in the cages and some dogs had muzzles on while locked in the cage.
Dogs were not left outside and anytime they were outside, they always had someone sitting with them or walking them. Dogs left their kennels for about 30 minutes total to get weighed and race.
A few comments on our previous video asked what happens to the dogs after they retire? So I asked the manager and he said that the dog track does not euthanize them. They must either be adopted or sent back to the farm they came from.
While the races were going on, I noticed a state official in a red vest taking a urine sample from one of the dogs. She did not want to speak with me about this, but we have sent a follow-up email.
The manager said that there has been a noticeable decline in dog racing over the past few years. He also said that even though they are a greyhound racing track, most of their revenue comes from their poker room.