W.Va. Racing Panel Considers Animal Cruelty Policy

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Racing Commission plans to seek public input on a proposed animal cruelty policy.

Commission executive secretary Jon Amores says the policy is an attempt to clarify the panel's authority to punish racing permit holders if abuse is proven.

The commission oversees greyhound and horse racing.

The Associated Press reports that the commission discussed the policy Tuesday. Amores says the policy will be posted on the commission's website for public comment.

According to the policy, the commission would investigate all reported acts of animal cruelty, mistreatment, neglect, abandonment or abuse.

Administrative punishments would include fines and revocation of racing permits. A veterinarian would be consulted to determine whether cases should be referred to authorities for possible criminal prosecution.

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