Christine spoke remotely before the General Law Committee members.GREY2K President Christine Dorchak dedicated her testimony for SB 132 to the memory of her dog Gina. Read her submission.

All the Connecticut dog tracks are closed and greyhound racing is illegal in the state.

Plainfield Greyhound Park, the state’s first track, opened in 1976,1 and Shoreline Star Greyhound Park, a former jai alai fronton, was converted into a racing facility in 1995.2 By 2005, live racing had ended at both facilities after years of declining attendance and diminished wagering.3

Finally, in 2024 SB 132 received a favorable public hearing before the Joint General Law Committee, passed in both chambers and was signed into law by Governor Ned Lamont on May 9, 2024.8

  1. William Yardley, “As Racing Ends, What About the Dogs?” The New York Times, May 5, 2005, (accessed November 15, 2017).
  2. Chris Elsberry, “Autotote takes over Shoreline Star,” Connecticut Post Online, April 6, 2006.
  3. “Attendance and Amounts Wagered at Pari-mutuel Facilities,” Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, 2007.
  4. Raised S.B. No. 848, Session Year 2017, Connecticut General Assembly, (accessed November 15, 2017).
  5. Raised H.B. No. 6048, Session Year 2021, Connecticut General Assembly, (accessed December 7, 2021).
  6. Raised H.B. No. 5174, Session Year 2022, Connecticut General Assembly, (accessed May 11, 2022).
  7. Raised H.B. No. 6615, Session Year 2023, Connecticut General Assembly, (accessed May 10, 2024).
  8. Rob Polansky, “Dog racing is now officially banned in Connecticut,” WFSB, (accessed May 10, 2024).

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