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Eastern Iowa Greyhound Breeder Fears Financial Ruin
BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) - Some Iowa greyhound breeders fear financial damage if lawmakers were to approve bills that would halt casino subsidies that are propping up dog racing.
Melissa Schmidt, of Bellevue, says she and her husband, Dan, operate a kennel on their cattle farm and have spent years raising racing dogs. She told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald that she thinks losing the subsidy "would put us into financial ruin."
She says they could race their dogs in other states, but the extra expense involved would "really hurt our bottom line tremendously."
The Iowa Greyhound Association says the industry has created more than 1,200 jobs statewide and has an economic impact of $77 million a year.