Dubuque Leaders Seek to Dump Greyhound Racing

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - The Dubuque City Council plans to ask state lawmakers to remove a greyhound dog racing requirement from Mystique Casino.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the request is included in the council's legislative priorities packet approved Monday.

When residents voted for greyhound racing in 1985, the track provided much-needed relief for a community mired in an economic crisis.

But since, city officials say, the greyhound racing industry has fallen into a "death spiral," turning the once lucrative track into a financial anchor.

The Dubuque Racing Association spent about $4.5 million last year to subsidize racing and has diverted more than $55 million from charitable organizations and the city's capital projects fund over the past three decades.

Only two greyhound tracks remain in Iowa. The other is in Council Bluffs.
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