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State by State Dog Racing Information as of January 2009
From Grey2K USA, Protecting Greyhounds Nationwide
Commercial dog racing is per se illegal in thirty-five states. In five other states, all dog tracks have closed but a prohibitory statute has yet to be enacted. The following nine are the most recent states to pass legislation prohibiting dog racing: Maine (1993), Virginia (1995), Vermont (1995), Idaho (1996), Washington (1996), Nevada (1997), North Carolina (1998), Pennsylvania (2004) and Massachusetts (2008, effective 2010).
See State-by-State details.
Pari-mutuel dog racing remains legal and operational in ten (10) states, identified in dark purple on the map below. To learn more, click on each state and read our fact sheet on Commercial Dog Racing in the United States (PDF).
Dog Racing Quick Facts
How many dogs are required to operate a commercial racetrack?
On average, a population of 1,000 dogs is required for the operation of a commercial racetrack.
How many dogs are bred for racing each year, and how many of these dogs actually make it to the racetrack?
In 2003, approximately 33,715 dogs were bred as potential racers. The same year, 26,277 dogs were individually registered to race at 14 – 17 months of age.
Do dogs typically spend their entire racing careers at the same track?
No. Generally, dogs compete at several tracks, in multiple states, during their careers.
How many dog tracks are currently operating in the United States?
There are currently 29 operational dog tracks in 10 states.
How many states specifically do not allow dog racing?
Commercial dog racing is per se illegal in 35 states. In five other states, all dog tracks have closed but no prohibition has yet been passed into law.
Which are the most recent states to ban dog racing?
Maine (1993), Virginia (1995), Vermont (1995), Idaho (1996), Washington (1996), Nevada (1997), North Carolina (1998), Pennsylvania (2004) and Massachusetts (2008, effective 2010) are the most recent states to make dog racing illegal.
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