Sponsored greyhounds from Tucson Greyhound Park arrive in California for adoption. (Homestretch Greyhound Rescue and Adoption)
Since January 2017, live greyhound racing has been prohibited in Arizona. At one time there were five operational greyhound tracks in the state – Apache Greyhound Park, Black Canyon Greyhound Park, Phoenix Greyhound Park, Tucson Greyhound Park, and Yuma Greyhound Park. The last track to cease live racing, Tucson Greyhound Park, ended its operations in mid-2016,1 though it and Apache Greyhound Park continue to offer greyhound simulcast signals.2
In 2016, House Bill 2127, a joint bill brought by GREY2K USA and Tucson Greyhound Park, passed unanimously in the House and Senate.3 On May 13, 2016, Governor Doug Ducey signed the measure into law.4
The last Arizona dog race was held at Tucson Greyhound Park on June 25, 2016. Within days, hundreds of greyhounds were released for adoption.5
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- Sean Mooney, “Last live race at Tucson Greyhound Park,” KVOA News, June 26, 2016, kvoa.com(accessed November 15, 2017).
- “Off-Track Betting (OTB’S),” Arizona Department of Racing, racing.az.gov(accessed November 15, 2017).
- “HB2127: small property tax balance delinquency (NOW: prohibition; live dog racing),” Arizona State Legislature, azleg.gov (accessed November 15, 2017).
- “Ducey signs bill ending Arizona’s live dog racing,” Your West Valley, May 13, 2016, yourwestvalley.com (accessed November 15, 2017).
- Christina Myers, “Hundreds of greyhounds up for adoption as Tucson track prepares to end racing,” KGUN9-TV, April 29, 2016, kgun9.com (accessed November 15, 2017).