WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- - The number of greyhound that are dying on race tracks throughout Florida for the first time is being released to the public.
The data, which is all part of a new state law mandating the numbers, shows 74 greyhounds died at dog tracks between May 31st and December 31st in 2013.
"I was kind of appalled and then I did the figures on the calculator and it's not that many," said Mary Stanhope, a greyhound rescuer.
Throughout the 13 tracks in Florida, the seven month period shows an average of one death every three days.
"It's a good thing that they keep track of this because there could be something else going wrong," said Stanhope.
The American Greyhound Council released a statement that reads in part:
"Greyhound tracks and kennel operators take their greyhound welfare obligations very seriously. When greyhound fatalities are reported, no one is more concerned than the people who work with those dogs every day. Over the past decade, the industry has made significant progress in reducing serious greyhound injuries at the track through various measures, including improvements to track surfaces, new safer lure technologies, safer fencing, widening of turns and other techniques. Greyhound racing is proud of these advances, but we also recognize that further improvement is needed. As long as even one greyhound loses its life, we have more work to do. We are committed to making further meaningful progress on this front."
Stanhope said she has seen changes over the years both on the track and in the condition of the greyhounds she welcomes into her home.
"I look at it as if the trainers don't take good care of them, they're not going to race good," said Stanhope.
Calls to various animal rights groups and kennel owners were not returned.