Ebro Greyhound Track trainer sentenced to five years in prison for animal abuse
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Ronald Williams, the Ebro Greyhound Racetrack trainer accused in the deaths of 30 dogs pleaded no contest to 39 counts of animal abuse in court yesterday. Circuit Judge Christopher Patterson sentenced Williams to the Florida Department of Corrections for five years.
The greyhound dogs were found by the Florida Department of Pari-Mutuel Wagering on October 29, 2010 after a complaint was filed from a local greyhound adoption group. The eight dogs delivered to the Greyhound Pets of America’s Emerald Dogs were severely starved. The rescue organization offers all dog trainers the opportunity to drop off any race dogs who cannot be rehomed or adopted. The organization also offers food for dogs to any trainers.
Necropsy reports showed the dogs had been starved and deprived of water for an extended period of time. Five dogs were found alive and had been tightly duct taped around their necks and muzzles.
Williams received the maximum penalty allowed by law, however the sentences will run concurrently.