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February 9, 2013

Seabrook races to save dog track jobs

Park owner says bill could lead to closure

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The money goes to the town’s general fund to reduce the tax rate and helps out all taxpayers, Carter said.

“Last year, the track paid us $112,850,” Carter said. “It was a little off because it was closed a couple of days during a power outage.”

The track also makes additional contributions to Seabrook’s Scholarship Fund, amounting to as much as $40,000 some years, Carter said.

Keeland said the bill — filed by controversial state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt — is another attempt by anti-greyhound racing advocates, such as Massachusetts-based Grey2K USA, to kill the sport completely.

The group was behind the successful move to end live greyhound racing in New Hampshire in 2010, she said.

According to Grey2K USA’s website, the group is soliciting people to contact state legislators to help pass Vaillancourt’s bill.

In a written statement. Vaillancourt said only seven states in the country continue to allow greyhound racing. Of those states, only three refuse to mandate that injury records be maintained, with only Florida really at play in this bill.

Vaillancourt insists his bill would not end greyhound racing, nor would it halt simulcasting of greyhound racing at either Seabrook or Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H. He also said it would not cost New Hampshire any jobs and despite what was estimated in the bill’s fiscal note, it would most likely not lead to any loss of revenue for New Hampshire.

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