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Justice gives greyhounds second chance

Apr 11, 2017 3:00 AM

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed legislation to cut $14 million in state support for greyhound racing, a move the industry said would have killed the sport in the state.

Appearing in Wheeling, where one of the state’s two dog tracks is located, Justice says he won’t let the Legislature walk away from an industry that provides 1,700 jobs.

He says losing greyhound racing would “mean job losses and fewer people coming to West Virginia.”

Justice questioned the legality of the Legislature unilaterally decoupling West Virginia casinos and racetracks, because counties authorized gambling and racing as a package.

The state House and Senate has voted to end $15 million in annual support for greyhound racing at the tracks in Wheeling and Nitro but leave $1 million for dog shelters and adoption.