About Dog Racing: Injuries
Thousands of dogs are injured at racetracks each year
At dog tracks nationwide, greyhounds routinely suffer serious injuries. From January 2008 through September 2016, a total of 13,966 greyhound injuries have been documented. The most commonly reported injury was a broken leg. Other injuries included head trauma, electrocution, and broken backs.
- At two West Virginia dog tracks, 7,239 greyhound injuries were reported between January 2008 and August 2016. During the same period, 369 dogs died or were euthanized.
- At Southland Greyhound Park in Arkansas, 923 greyhound injuries were reported between January 2008 and September 2016, including at least 35 dogs that died or were euthanized.
- At Iowa Greyhound Park, 371 greyhound injuries were reported between January 2008 and September 2016, including at least 28 dogs that died or were euthanized.
The remaining two states with active dog tracks, Alabama and Florida, do not report greyhound injuries to the public. This is a notable omission, because a majority of operational dog tracks are now located in Florida. Minimal injury data has become available through Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) investigative files, death notifications, and inspection reports. An examination of these records identified 199 greyhound injuries between 2008 and 2015, including at least 137 dogs that died or were euthanized.
Greyhound racing injuries have also been documented in other countries. Tracks in the United Kingdom do not make injury information public, but GREY2K USA conducted an analysis of injury information obtained from social media accounts of industry members. This analysis documented a total of 276 specific greyhound injuries dating from 2006 to June 2014. Bone fractures were overwhelmingly the most frequently reported injury.
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