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Terry Branstad
Iowa Governor

New Dog Racing Injuries Revealed, Ask Iowa Governor to Help Greyhounds

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Did you know that twenty-four greyhounds just died and nearly 200 injuries were recently reported at Dubuque and Bluff's Run Greyhound Parks? Read the news in this weekend's Des Moines Register.

According to state records obtained by GREY2K USA, most of the injuries recorded were broken legs.Other disclosed injuries included sprains, tears, a fractured skull and even a broken neck. Dude, Lilac, Geniusindisguise, Bucky and Rausch were all young greyhounds who deserved to live -- and to be loved -- like other dogs. But they never got that chance.


Please read our full report here.

Thankfully, there is a solution! In each of the last three years, "decoupling" legislation has been introduced to remove the live racing mandate and to allow the tracks to close their kennels.

Under current law, the two facilities (now operating as Mystique Casino and Horseshoe Council Bluffs) must not only offer greyhound races to stay open but also must subsidize greyhound breeding with millions in casino profits. As a result of this bad public policy, greyhound racing is being artificially propped up even though actual interest is in steep decline.

You can help pass legislation to change this now. Please sign and share this petition.


Letter to
Governor Terry Branstad
Iowa Governor
A recent story in the Des Moines Register reports that nearly 200 greyhound injuries have been reported by Mystic Casino and Horseshoe Council Bluffs in the last reported 18 months. State records also show that twenty-four greyhounds died while racing or were destroyed after they crossed the finished line. I am asking you to offer a helping hand to the dogs by approving legislation to decouple live greyhound racing from the tracks’ licensing requirement.

As you know, current law requires the two licensees to not only offer greyhound races to remain open but they also must subsidize greyhound breeders with millions in casino profits each year. As a result of this bad public policy, greyhound racing is being artificially propped up even though actual interest in in steep decline.

In each of the last three years, legislation has been introduced that would allow current licensees to stop live racing (decoupling) and focus on other, money-making activities at their facilities. Unfortunately, the bills have not reached your desk before session ended.

I am asking you to speak in support decoupling and advocate for its quick legislative passage in the new year. This common sense legislation will not only protect future greyhounds from harm, but also makes good business sense.