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Hooray! Dog racing is over in Alabama

There are no operational dog tracks in Alabama. Greyhound racing remains legal in the state, however, as a prohibition has not yet passed into law.1

There were once four tracks in Alabama, all regulated on the county level. Greenetrack ended live racing in 1996.2 VictoryLand ceased live racing on June 1, 2011.3 Citing declining demand, Mobile Greyhound Park discontinued live racing on August 19, 2017.4 And Birmingham Race Course held its last race on March 18, 2020, as owners determined business levels did not justify continuing to race.5 On August 20, 2022, it was announced that the abandoned VictoryLand dog track would become a rescue operation and shelter for 5,000 homeless dogs from around the country and around the world.6

  1. John Paepcke, "Greyhound racing is over at Birmingham Race Course," WVTM 13, April 21, 2020, wvtm13.com (accessed April 21, 2020).
  2. “Bingo hall must not be immune to public scrutiny,” Tuscaloosa News, August 14, 2008.
  3. Guy Rhodes, “VictoryLand to suspend live racing with simulcasting to continue,” The Tuskegee News, May 12, 2011.
  4. Tara Dempsey, “Live Dog Races to End at the Mobile Greyhound Park,” WKRG, July 31, 2017, wkrg.com (accessed April 22, 2020).
  5. WBRC Staff, “Greyhound racing to end at Birmingham Race Course,” WBRC, April 21, 2020, wbrc.com (accessed April 22, 2020).
  6. John West, “'Good dogs shouldn't die': USA's largest dog rescue expanding to old VictoryLand greyhound kennels,” Opelika-Auburn News, August 20, 2022, oanow.com (accessed August 24, 2022).

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