Additional Charges Possible in Greyhound Starvation Case

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Greyhound trainer Ronnie Williams is being held in the Washington County (FL) Jail on 37 counts of animal cruelty. An inspection of his kennel at the Ebro Greyhound Park led to the discovery of thirty seven starved, dead dogs. Advocates of the breed have voiced tremendous consternation over the incident, and the anti/pro racing debate has been reignited in multiple chat forums, on Facebook and Twitter.

Now there are reports of additional Greyhound corpses that have been found under a bridge only a half mile from Williams’ home. Sunday night, a Walton County Animal Control officer discovered the corpses of at least eight dead greyhounds under the Highway 20 bridge on the Walton County side of the Choctawhatchee river. Ear tattoo registration information has been submitted to the National Greyhound Association. If any of the dogs are identified as having belonged to Williams he will face additional charges.

I don’t wish to break my policy of neutrality, but I do want to say that I think it would be wise for track owners to consider spot inspections for any rented kennels year round. Had such a policy been in place, these dogs may very well have been saved. I’ll step down off of my soapbox now and ask that you consider writing a letter to the prosecutor in the case if this troubles you as much as it does me. I have set aside time today to do so, and I’ll share the following for those with an interest:

A letter writing campaign to the prosecutor, expressing outrage and calling for the maximum penalty, would be helpful. However, it’s important that letters be reasonably worded, short, and to the point. Expressing emotion is fine, but directing anger toward the prosecutor (who is on our side and wants this guy convicted), unleashing anti-racing diatribes, calling for unrealistic penalties, using expletives, etc. are all counter productive to this effort.

Ms. Erin Oliver
Washington County State Attorney’s Office
P.O. Box 590
Chipley, FL 32428
(850) 638-6039 (fax)
(no e-mail address available)

Second, Northcoast Greyhound Support is running an auction to benefit GPAEC, for the Ebro dogs:

Additional updates and suggestions will be provided as available. Thank you in advance should you choose to contribute in any way. The dogs may not be able to thank you, but those of us who adore them will be forever in your debt. This is nothing short of a travesty.

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15 thoughts on “Additional Charges Possible in Greyhound Starvation Case”

  1. May those precious hounds rest in peace now, and the survivors go on to thrive and live long, well loved lives. Thanks for posting Neil.

    • In addition to the State Attorney assigned, letter may be sent to this State Attorney too:

      Mr Glenn Hess, Florida State’s Attorney

      14th Judicial Circuit

      421 Magnolia Ave

      Panama City, FL 32401

      I have a personal friend who is the lawyer that is handling the Williams case for the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering. He wrote the emergency suspension order for Williams license and wrote and signed the administrative complaint to revoke his license on behalf of the department. He will keep me posted on any important changes in this case.

      Keep the letters of support coming. It is greytly appreciated!

      • Thanks Darla. – I’ll send a second letter to the State’s Attorney as well. Adequate punishment is rarely doled out for animal abusers but, hopefully, because this case is industry related, it will be high profile enough to draw the outrage of all animal lovers and this monster will receive the maximum possible sentence for committing this atrocity. The message needs to be sent to all animal abusers that their crimes will not be excused, minimized, or tolerated.

  2. This is making me so sick. Thank you for providing us with a name and address to send correspondence to.

  3. Thanks so much for posting this information. It is truly horrible to think about and justice needs to be served against this horrible person. I pray that no one would jeapordize the case by inappropriate letters to the authorities.

  4. This man needs to be put in a crate and starved to death. I’ll be damned if my tax dollars are going to give him three square meals a day. The NGA is useless unless they WANT to do something. They’re merely a registry– unless you don’t pay a hauler, or meat provider– then they take your membership away. Go figure.
    The state of FL parimutual board is responsible for what is going on. I’m so sad for these dogs.

  5. actually,people, they are greyhounds. They are naturally lean animals to begin with. They can loose approx. 15 lbs in approx. 4 days. And of all the people in the compound, how did someone not question him turning out a whole kennel one day then 2 dogs the next day? If the smell was that bad, how did anyone not smell it? And they should have been doing inspections, like every other track. but it is ebro and they are lame there. trust me, i know. their “pet” kennel is half a pet kennel and half a racing kennel. He told the pet people he neeeded them to take his dogs asap but they weren’t doing their job. he even asked the owner of the track for money and he said no, from what i hear. Alot of people didn’t like mr williams for one reason, he won alot of important races. Nobody cared until he was caught because it wasnt them and it wasnt their dogs. period. he deserves punishment but he doesnt deserve to be there for the rest of his life. Look it up, they are putting people on probation for molesting kids. Thats the people who should be in prison for the rest of their life. Where was the state and where was Stocky Hess (owner of track) when all of this was going on?????


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