Dog track leaves hundreds of greyhounds homeless

Posted on December 15, 2009 under Pet News (General)

Closing dog tracks have resulted in hundreds of greyhounds with nowhere to goGreyhounds from Kenosha’s Dairyland Greyhound Park in Wisconsin are looking for new homes as one of the last dog tracks in the state closes its doors.

While most dog tracks have been able to stay afloat by adding casino games and gambling, state laws prohibited Dairyland from doing so, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Kari Swanson of the nonprofit organization Midwest Greyhound Adoption in Chicago, Illinois, drove in her shuttle bus to collect the dogs and put them up for adoption. While she is doing what she can, there are still 600 greyhounds at one of track’s 12 kennels. Dog health is important to Swanson, as she worries about where the remaining greyhounds will end up.

Greyhounds could be a perfect gift for a dog enthusiast who doesn’t like hyperactive pets. While they’re fast dogs, greyhounds spend most of their time lounging around. The article reports that one of the biggest misconceptions about the dogs is that they require a lot of exercise. In reality, a daily walk could suffice.

Adopting a greyhound could be a good idea for a present this holiday season for those lacking a pet. The Humane Society reports that 39 percent of American households own at least one dog.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19514643-ADNFCR