Dog racing in New England meets finish line as ban takes effect
RAYNHAM, Massachusetts: Despite opponents' efforts, the state of Massachusetts held its last live dog race on December 26, 2009. The ban was to take effect on January 1, 2010 due to the approval of the Greyhound Protection Act that was placed before Massachusetts voters in 2008.
The race took place at Raynham Park, which was formerly known as Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park before the measure was enacted. According to reports, the race symbolized the end of live dog racing in the region of New England, for the time being. According to Christine A. Dorchak, president of Grey2K USA, who supported the measure: "I just thank Massachusetts voters for giving greyhounds a second chance. We have finally reached this wonderful day."