West Virginia is the last American state with operating dog tracks

Greyhounds endure lives of confinement, spending long hours each day in stacked metal cages. Dogs suffer serious injuries, sometimes fatal, and commercial dog racing's history is replete with examples of documented drugging and mistreatment of greyhounds. With animal welfare concerns and declining interest contributing to track closures across the country, West Virginia is the last refuge for this cruel activity.

At present, there are two operational greyhound tracks in West Virginia: Wheeling Island Casino & Racetrack and the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Cross Lanes.

West Virginia Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Dog Racing Subsidies

81% of West Virginia voters oppose greyhound racing subsidies. 14% support subsidizing dog racing. 5% are undecided.

✓ 81% of voters are more opposed to dog racing after learning that a racing greyhound dies every ten days in West Virginia

✓ 81% of voters are less likely to vote for a legislative candidate that supports dog racing subsidies

✓ Only 36% of voters are influenced by industry claims about lost jobs

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Greyhound racing in West Virginia is subsidized with millions in state gambling revenues.

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Greyhounds endure lives of confinement, kept in small cages for long hours each day.

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Deaths & Injuries

According to state records, a racing greyhound dies every other week in West Virginia.

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Drugs & Abuse

Since 2007 the state has issued more than 100 drug violations and investigated 19 cases of animal abuse or neglect.

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Fact Sheet

Read the Greyhound Racing in West Virginia Fact Sheet.

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