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In this four-part radio series, West Virginia Public Broadcasting examines the history and future of greyhound racing in the state. As of 2023, West Virginia has the last two greyhound racing tracks in the United States. The state government is bound by law to support the greyhound racing operations at two casinos.
Reporters Randy Yohe and Chris Schulz take us inside West Virginia’s dog racing world, examining the economic, humane and legal elements that make this sport unique and controversial.
Part Four: Greyhound Adoption Popular, But Appeal Could Wane With Industry
When dogs are done racing, it's time for them to enjoy a well-earned retirement. Demand to adopt racing greyhounds in particular is high.
Part Three: The Case To ‘Uncouple’ Greyhound Racing And W.Va.’s State Government
Since 2007, West Virginia law has said state sanctioned casinos cannot operate without having horse or dog racing. A 2017 bill to eliminate the state’s role in greyhound racing was passed by the West Virginia Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Jim Justice.
Part Two: Humane Treatment Major Question For Greyhound Racing Industry
Opponents of dog racing accuse the industry of abusive treatment, but those working within don't see it that way.
Part One: W.Va. Will Soon Have The Country's Last Greyhound Tracks
Next year, West Virginia will have the last two greyhound racing tracks in the United States. The state government is bound by law to support the greyhound racing operations at two casinos – in Wheeling and Cross Lanes.