Greyhound racing is illegal is most of the 50 states. However, West Virginia still continues to support this brutal sport at several tracks around the state. Recent statistics indicate that at least 3,208 greyhound injuries have been reported at the Tri-State Racetrack since 2005 and nearly 200 dogs have died. Additionally more than 3,200 injuries were reported for the same time period at Mardi Gras track and at least 152 dogs were so severely injured they had to be euthanized.
Dogs suffer serious injuries during training and racing. These injuries are rarely treated. Dogs who are not able to race are often shot. While on the racing circuit, dogs are continuously confined in cages barely large enough for them to move around in, are given minimal veterinary treatment, and suffer from poor nutrition. To ensure dogs race well, trainers often use performance-enhancing drugs. Dogs often race in extreme temperatures in both summer and winter. In addition, live animals, usually rabbits, are used in greyhound training.
West Virginia residents, take a moment to contact Governor Tomblin and Racing Secretary Amores and let them know you want greyhound racing eliminated in the state now. Let them know their actions will go far in fostering a public understanding and respect for the humane treatment of animals in West Virginia.
The Honorable Earl Ray Tomblin
State Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, E.
Charleston, WV 25205
Jon Amores, Racing Secretary
West Virginia Racing Commission
106 Dee Drive Suite 2
Charleston WV 25311