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Greyhound racing in the US

Active dog racing tracks

No tracks, dog racing still legal

Recent dog racing states, now illegal

Dog racing is illegal



In forty U.S. states, commercial dog racing is illegal.

In four states, all dog tracks have closed and ceased live racing, but a prohibitory statute has yet to be enacted. Those states are Oregon, Connecticut, Kansas and Wisconsin.1

In just six states, pari-mutuel dog racing remains legal and operational. These states are Florida, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa and Texas.2



The following are the most recent states to pass legislation prohibiting dog racing: Maine (1993), Virginia (1995), Vermont (1995), Idaho (1996), Washington (1996), Nevada (1997), North Carolina (1998), Pennsylvania (2004), Massachusetts (2010), Rhode Island (2010), New Hampshire (2010), Colorado (2014) and Arizona (2016). The United States Territory of Guam also outlawed commercial dog racing in 2010.

Since our formation in 2001, the dog racing industry has been diminished by nearly two-thirds. Altogether, twenty-nine tracks have ended dog racing and most have closed entirely: St. Croix Meadows (WI), Pueblo Greyhound Park (CO), Apache Greyhound Park (AZ), Multnomah Greyhound Park (OR), Plainfield Greyhound Park (CT), Geneva Lakes Kennel Club (WI), Post Time (CO), Shoreline Star (CT), Cloverleaf Kennel Club (CO), Jacksonville Kennel Club (FL),Tampa Greyhound Park (FL), Wichita Greyhound Park (KS), Corpus Christi (TX), Mile High (CO), The Woodlands (KS), Hinsdale Greyhound Park (NH), The Lodge at Belmont (NH), Seabrook Greyhound Park (NH), Wonderland Greyhound Park (MA), Guam Greyhound Park (Guam), Phoenix Greyhound Park (AZ), Raynham Park (MA), Dairyland Greyhound Park (WI), Twin River (RI), VictoryLand (AL), Jefferson County Kennel Club (FL), Bluffs Run (IA), Tucson Greyhound Park (AZ) and Mobile Greyhound Park (AL).

In addition to live dog racing, greyhound simulcast betting exists in several states including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.3 In these states, gamblers are supporting the dog racing industry even though there is no active dog track in their community. Similarly, these simulcast signals depend on the existence of dog tracks in other states.


High Stakes Report

GREY2K USA Worldwide released the first report ever written on Greyhound Racing in the United States.

Read our report for a comprehensive look inside this cruel industry.

  1. Eric Mortenson, "70 years of greyhound racing ends abruptly at Oregon’s Multnomah Greyhound Park," The Oregonian, December 2004; William Yardley, “As Racing Ends, What About the Dogs?”, The New York Times, May 5, 2005; ; Rick Alm, “The Woodlands runs its last greyhound race,” The Kansas City Star, August 23, 2008, kansascity.com (accessed November 15, 2017); Chuck Quirmbach, “Dairyland Greyhound Park holds final races,” Wisconsin Public Radio, December 30, 2009, wpr.org (accessed November 15, 2017).
  2. "Race Tracks," Ngagreyhounds.com, National Greyhound Association, 2017, ngagreyhounds.com (accessed November 15, 2017).
  3. "Where to Play: U.S. Locations," Pbkennelclub.com, Palm Beach Kennel Club, Florida, 2017, pbkennelclub.com (accessed November 15, 2017).

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