A three-member panel at the statehouse signed off on a bill to end greyhound racing at casinos in Council Bluffs and Dubuque. The casinos and the communities where they’re located say dog racing is a dying sport. But the greyhound industry is putting up a good fight.
Iowa is the only Midwestern state where commercial dog racing remains legal and active. But that may soon change, as state lawmakers look at proposals to end greyhound racing at the only tracks left in Iowa: The Mystique in Dubuque and Bluffs Run in Council Bluffs.
Today on River to River, we take a look at greyhound racing’s history in the state, its impact in communities with tracks, how these tracks are subsidized, and what the future of greyhound racing may hold.