In the United States, the rules for greyhound racing varies from state to state. To find out what the law says about greyhound racing in the United States, it is therefore necessary to take a look at the rules and regulations applicable in the state you are interested in.
The sport is also regulated by the National Association of State Racing Commissioners and the American Greyhound Council. The American Greyhound Council is affiliated with the National Greyhound Association.
Important: In some states, dog race betting is illegal.
The National Greyhound Association (NGA)
Greyhounds bred to race can be registered with the National Greyhound Association, which is headquartered in Kansas. (Greyhounds bred to be pets are instead registered with the American Kennel Club.)
The NGA registry is nation wise and is open to registrations from any part of the United States.
List of active greyhound racing tracks in the United States
|Birmingham Race Course||Birmingham||Alabama|
|Southland Park Gaming and Racing||West Memphis||Arkansas|
|Derby Lane Greyhound Track||St. Petersburg||Florida|
|Ebro Greyhound Track||Ebro||Florida|
Track and Entertainment Center
|Hollywood Greyhound Track||Hallandale Beach||Florida|
|Melbourne Greyhound Park||Melbourne||Florida|
|Orange Park Kennel Club||Orange Park||Florida|
|Pensacola Greyhound Track||Pensacola||Florida|
|Palm Beach Kennel Club||West Palm Beach||Florida|
|Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club||Longwood||Florida|
(Dubuque Greyhound Park)
|Gulf Coast Racing||Corpus Christi||Texas|
|Gulf Greyhound Park||La Marque||Texas|
|Valley Race Park||Harlingen||Texas|
|Mardi Gras Casino and Resort||Nitro||West Virginia|
|Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack||Wheeling||West Virginia|
Greyhound racing in Florida is being phased out
Greyhound racing have been especially popular in Florida and roughly half of all the dog racing tracks on the list above are found in this state. Greyhound racing will however be phased out during 2020, so many of the tracks in the list above will vanish.
The amount gambled at dog tracks in Florida declined by over 70% between 1990 and 2013.
In November 2018, Florida passed a law that will make greyhound racing illegal in Florida from 2021.
The dog racing sport in the United States have been criticised for its practise of keeping greyhounds in small crates in kennel compounds instead of allowing them to live a more normal dog life when not racing. The crates in which racing greyhounds live are usually only 3 feet high, 3 feet wide and 4 feet deep. Greyhound kennels often house upwards of 50-70 dogs. Most kennels turn the dogs out 4 to 6 times per day.