As of December 2019, there are currently over 3,600 active racing greyhounds in West Virginia. These active and other inactive racers reside at either two of the state's greyhound tracks: Mardi Gras Casino & Resort or Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. As well, greyhounds training for their careers live on the over 60 greyhound farms throughout West Virginia.
Greyhounds are typically a family business, engendering and enlisting the smallest hands and biggest hearts to help care, feed and train greyhounds. In many cases, extended families share the day in and day out work.
In addition to the various farms, in 2017 the greyhounds industry employed over 1,700 full time and 775 part time jobs at the two tracks.
According to the 2017 West Virginia West Virginia Racing Commission Annual Financial Report, the greyhound industry contributed over $100,000 in local city and county taxes and $70,000 in annual pensions. It is estimated that greyhounds industry contributes over $1million in state revenue that is distributed to state and local governing bodies, and has an economic impact of $31.2 million throughout West Virginia communities.
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