Grace lost his permit, and Bloom's was suspended for six months. Neither person appealed the judge's decision.
Bever also lost his permit. Judges determined he hit and jerked dogs and then made inappropriate comments to a racetrack official. It was the latest in a string of events that could have led judges to believe he was "disruptive or perhaps unstable," Amores said.
Amores talked briefly about the case during Tuesday's meeting, but there was no discussion of the actual report. Grace and Sam Burdette, president of the West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association, spoke during this portion of the meeting.
Grace denied any neglect or abuse but said he "just kind of made a mistake."
Burdette said he had concerns with referring any case to the prosecuting attorney before the commission holds a hearing. He didn't think people accused of neglect or wrongdoing necessarily understood that administrative punishment does not rule out criminal punishment.
Rossi, who did not lead the meeting because he participated over the phone, supported the motion. Commissioner Gregory McDermott led the proceedings and therefore could not second the motion. The lone remaining commissioner, Bill Phillips, didn't second the motion.
Christine Dorchak, president of anti-greyhound racing group GREY2KUSA, spoke to the commission next.
She did not speak during the discussion about Grace, Bloom and Bever because she didn't think it was allowed. When she tried to talk about it during her slated spot on the agenda, McDermott told her the commission had already made a decision and would not reconsider.
Dorchak was also told not to discuss allegations of wrongdoing against Mackey; McDermott said it was because Mackey wasn't present.
Shortly thereafter, Phillips asked for a briefing paper on the situation because he didn't know enough about the case. Rossi and McDermott agreed.
After the meeting, McDermott said the commission always receives reports about cases of this nature. He pointed out the commission requested more information and pledged to consider it again.
"I would say that even though we are an administrative agency, any time we believe criminal conduct has occurred, we would be within our purview to refer that conduct to the attention of a prosecuting attorney -- and animal cruelty is obviously something we feel very strongly about," McDermott said.
Dorchak said she was thankful commissioners discussed the case but was disappointed they didn't recommend prosecution.
"This is an important step in the right direction for the commission, and we do applaud the commission for working its way toward better protecting greyhounds at West Virginia racetracks," she said.
Phillips pointed out anyone can tell a prosecutor if he or she thinks there is a case of animal cruelty. Dorchak argued the commission is considered an expert in the field, so the state could give more weight to its recommendations.
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