According to state records, a racing greyhound dies every ten days in West Virginia. Since January 2008 there were 9,195 greyhound injuries reported at West Virginia dog tracks. More than 3,000 dogs suffered broken bones during this period, and at least 420 greyhounds died after suffering serious injuries.1
On May 3, 2018 a four-year-old fawn greyhound named Hallo Jewel Pak died after she fell during a race at Wheeling and suffered a broken skull. Jewel had raced for nearly three years in West Virginia and Florida, starting when she was only 17 months old.
Dr. Lori Bohenko, Wheeling Island Racetrack Veterinary Report, (Charleston WV: West Virginia Racing Commission, 2008-2020); Dr. Mark D. Webster, Veterinary emergencies, scratches, and racers inactivated due to track injuries at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort (Charleston WV: West Virginia Racing Commission, 2008-2020); analysis by GREY2K USA Worldwide.