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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Iowa is one of the few states that has greyhound dog racing, but the industry is taking a hit in  profit.

The dog race park in Council Bluffs is closing its doors leaving the one in Dubuque to soon be the only one in the state.

Bob Hurlburt  has been coming to the dog race park in  Dubuque since it opened thirty years ago.

"It's something to do, it's interesting.  I like to gamble a little bit, not too much, and you win a few bucks once in a while," said Hurlburt.

But the industry is seeing declines in profit and attendance, forcing many to close their doors. Come next year, the Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque, will be the only dog racing track in the state. Managers say competition from casinos is the cause.

"You're competing against slot machines, which is a pretty simple game...all you gotta do is  put a nickle in and pull the handle,  where as you gotta think a little bit in dog racing," said director of racing Brian Carpenter.

He added this is an activity that families can  do together, unlike going to the casino.

However, managers say they're actually seeing more attendance since adding less performances this year, but they admit there's some planning to do. 

"No, I don't think we'll be  making a profit this year. It'll take some time for us to figure out what to do on that yet," said Carpenter.

As for Bob, who comes to the race park multiple times a week to watch races, he says he won't know what he'll do if they all go away. 

"I don't know, it remains to be seen," he said.

Right now, only seven states still have live dog racing.

As for the track's future, under a current bill, the greyhound park in Dubuque is getting help from state funds to stay afloat. They have seven years to figure out how to make profit on their own.

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