The dog was electrocuted before it even had a name. In October of last year, the anonymous animal "fell into a rail" and died at a Flagler compound training track, newly released records from the Department of Parimutuel Wagering show.
"Some of the cases are just heartbreaking," says Carey Theil, president of the nonprofit Grey2K and an activist who wants to see greyhound racing banned. "The case of the nameless dog is the one that always gets me."
Thiel just wants to see things the way they used to be. In the 1920s, the sport was forbidden in Florida. But the ban on gambling worked about as well as Prohibition. The state's first three tracks - Miami, Tampa, and St. Pete - all flourished under the radar for about a decade.