CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Racing Commission has approved a policy on cruelty toward greyhounds or thoroughbred horses.
The commission unanimously approved the policy Tuesday, turning aside changes proposed by the West Viginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association.
Under state code, the commission already has the power to punish trainers, breeders and owners involved in acts of cruelty. The policy outlines that and other actions the commission can take.
The policy says the commission will report any instances of animal cruelty, mistreatment, neglect, abuse or abandonment to local law enforcement.
The commission's only change to the proposed policy was removing the words "for possible criminal prosecution'' in connection to referrals.