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State’s last dog track to close (6:52 a.m. 11/11/09)

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The last of Wisconsin’s five greyhound race tracks is closing at the end of the year.

The operators of Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha say the track will end racing Dec. 31.

Dairyland executive Roy Berger says the track has lost $17 million over the last seven years, including a $4 million deficit in 2009.

The pari-mutuel race tracks folded one by one when the state opened the door to Indian casino gambling.

Dairyland had hoped the Menominee Nation would win federal and state approval to develop a $1 billion casino complex at the track. The tribe has gone to court to try to overturn a decision against the proposed casino.

About 180 people will lose their jobs at Dairyland. And the track’s kennel owners are working to place about 900 dogs that race at Dairyland.

Information from Kenosha News

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