The announced closure could not have come too soon. Gulf Greyhound Park has been considered one of the worst tracks for dogs in the United States. Between 2008 and 2014 alone, more than 2,300 greyhound injuries were reported. In that time, 108 greyhounds died or were euthanized.
"Terrible things were happening to these gentle hounds," said Dorchak.
Elsewhere, dog racing is slowly on its way out as awareness has grown about the dangers of the industry, including the cruel practice of live baiting. In 2001, there were 49 dog tracks operating in 15 states. Today, with this recent announcement, there will soon be 19 tracks left in 6 states. Best of all, that's meant countless greyhounds have been given the chance to retire.
"Viewing these dogs as racing machines just doesn't fit with modern times," Dorchak said. "Just like any other dog, they deserve to be loved, to be in a good homes in soft beds, not in cages."