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In 1919 the first recognized commercial racetr…

In 1919 the first recognized commercial racetrack for greyhounds in the United States was built in Emeryville, Calif., by Owen Patrick Smith and the Blue Star Amusement Company.
The track featured Smith’s new invention, the mechanical lure, thought to offer a more humane alternative to live lures used in traditional greyhound field coursing. By 1930, 67 dog tracks had opened across the country with none of them legal.
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Racetracks were regularly exposed as venues for illegal gambling and related criminal activities. Tracks would run for a day or a week before being raided, and open once the coast was clear. Rumors of fixed races and drugged dogs lent to the negative reputations.
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In 1927 Mr. Smith opened a 4,000 seat, $50,000 facility in Erlanger Kentucky. At around the same time a bid to recognize dog racing to become legal was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court but the courts found that horse tracks qualified under the state statute, but dog tracks did not.
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The first state to allow dog tracks to operate legally was Florida in 1931 and by 1935, there were ten licensed tracks operating in the state. In 1933 Oregon and in 1934 Massachusetts became the next states to legally allow dog racing with Massachusetts doing it in hopes for a source of income due to the Great Depression. Arizona became the fourth state to legalize dog racing during the Depression era.
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Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, greyhound racing was legalized and operational in 19 states, dog racing reached its peak being he 6th most popular sport in the country.
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Many notable historical events, involved a dog…

Many notable historical events, involved a dog in some way. The eruption that buried Pompeii in August of 79 AD was no exception.
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In the early 1800’s excavations began to dig what remained of the city of Pompeii. It had been buried for over 1700 years, under 30 feet of mud and ash. The remains of people have been reduced to skeletons and their artifacts entombed for centuries but preserved enough to be found. This preservation gave historians an insight to the daily life of ancient Pompeians.
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An aspect often overlooked, how people of the past fancied animals, especially dogs.
Pompeians archaeological finds were extravagant, animals and plants were no exceptions. Exotic animals and plants were imported contributing to the spread of the species throughout provinces of the Roman Empire. Cats were imported from Africa and peacocks from the Near East. Donkeys were used to pull carts and to circle grindstones in mills. Other animals were discovered as well, cattle, goats, sheep, hogs and poultry. Doves were found and believed to be used for communication.
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Dogs served a multitude of purposes for hunting, security and of course as household pets. An amazing trace in history was a mosaic depicting a dog with the inscription “CAVE CANEM” which translated to “Beware of the dog”
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The black and white mosaic is one of the world’s most famous of dogs snarling, a canine and protector of the Pompeii archaeological site. Indeed, with his black hair, curled form, and bared teeth, the ancient canine has stood ready for almost 2,000 years to discourage intruders from setting foot in the Domus.
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*One special artifacts associated with Pompeii dogs was that of a guard dog. He was left chained to a post to guard the House of Orpheus when the occupants fled. The bronze studs around its neck are all that remains of a collar. As the pumice fall-out deepened, the dog climbed higher — until eventually it ran out of chain and was suffocated.
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