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Top few greyhound breeders get bulk of payments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Racing Commission gave more than $10 million to individuals and businesses in the last two years through the state’s Greyhound Breeding Development Fund, with more than half the money going to a small group, according to a public records request.

The finding comes after Grey2K USA, an organization working to end greyhound racing nationwide, asked the state racing commission last month for a list of all individuals who have received money from the Greyhound Breeding and Development Fund since May 2013.

The racing commission provided documents that reveal the top five recipients and their breeding organizations have received nearly $5 million in the last two years.

The top recipient was Patrick McMillon, owner of Alum Creek-based McMillon Kennel, who took in $1.4 million.

During the same time period, Monroe Racing received $1.2 million. According to records maintained by the West Virginia Secretary of State, Monroe Racing is owned by Rodney Monroe and Josh Braunlich, who are both based in Wheeling.

Among the remaining top five recipients of the Greyhound Breeding Development Fund in the last two years was Ricardo Pacheco, who received $964,000, Greg Geter, who took in $608,000, and Rondis Cavender and Cavender Greyhounds, which collected $606,000.

In total, the top five recipients amassed $4.89 million out of the total $10.2 million…

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