Effort being made to end greyhound racing in Iowa

Feb 24, 2014 8:08 PM

An effort is being made in Iowa to end greyhound racing in the state. Iowa would then join states such as New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut where once the dog racing sport thrived.

Iowa lawmakers are considering bills to end dog racing at Iowa’s two tracks, in Council Bluffs and Dubuque. But, some senators are suggesting lawmakers might approve changes that would enable dog racing to continue elsewhere.

Currently involved are two casinos: Mystique Casino in Dubuque and the Horseshoe Council Bluffs. They had been required to continue live racing while they operated their casinos. Legislation would permit them to terminate racing with a 14-day notice.

In Florida, where greyhound racing continues to prosper, state officials now require that track operators report on the death of each greyhound. Track operators are now required to notify the state within 18 hours of a greyhound’s death on track property.

Florida is home to 13 of the last remaining 21 greyhound tracks operating in the U.S.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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