PHOENIX — State lawmakers voted Thursday to make dog racing go away in Arizona but allow pet stores to be able to sell animals from commercial breeders.
On a voice vote, the Senate ratified a deal that would shutter Tucson Greyhound Park, the last surviving dog track in Arizona, at the end of this year. Lobbyist Michael Racy said the owners are not particularly interested in staying in the business, which has become not only less profitable since the days of tribal gaming but come under fire by animal-rights groups.
But the deal in HB 2127 continues the exclusive right of track owners to operate — and make money from — off-track betting facilities in Southern Arizona for two years beyond that.
Track owners sought that provision because current state law says only tracks that have live racing can run OTB facilities.