West Memphis Dog Track Hit by Outbreak of "Kennel Cough"

JULY 21, 2004 - Posted at 2:15 p.m. CDT

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis has called off all matinee races in July because of an outbreak of kennel cough.

The track says the illness has affected greyhound tracks across the country.

The racetrack says its evening cards will feature only eleven races in July.  Normally, there are between 13 and 15 races on an evening card.

The track's regular schedule includes five evening cards and three matinees each week.

Kennel cough, tracheobronchitis, is caused by a bacteria.  The illness is rarely fatal but can lead to life-threatening complications in dogs.

In West Virginia, the Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center has called off its dog races this week.

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