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jenna
 Posted: Oct 30 2010, 07:26 PM
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http://www.wjhg.com/news/headlines/20_Grey..._106375123.html

Ebro - Washington county sheriff's deputies arrested one man tonight in connection with the deaths of 20-greyhound racing dogs at the Ebro Greyhound Park. But he's not yet charged with the animals' deaths.

State inspectors discovered 20 of the dog inside of one of the kennels at the Ebro facility. They belonged to a man named Ronny Williams. Ebro officials say they contracted with Williams to race greyhounds during the season, which ended about a month ago.

Under the agreement Williams and the other owners at the park, were supposed to find adoptive homes for their dogs, or move them to another track that is still running races. They say Williams had yet to make any arrangements for any of his animals.

A representative from the local chapter of a national greyhound adoption program says she became suspicious of the condition of Williams' dogs, and called a state inspector. The state inspector found 20-of Williams' dog were dead, 5-survived.

Ebro officials made it clear Friday night under their agreement the dog owners are solely responsible for the health and safety of their animals. At this point authorities are trying to determine what killed the animals. It's possible they may have gotten some bad food or contracted some type of disease. But witnesses on the scene told us Friday night it appeared they'd been starved to death.

Ebro owners say they are devastated by the situation and wants to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible.

Williams, the owner of the dogs involved, was arrested Friday night for driving with a suspended license. But he could face far more serious charges if authorities determine he was responsible for the deaths of the 20-dogs.


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 Posted: Oct 30 2010, 07:37 PM
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Very Sad! I hope the guy gets severe punishment!!!!
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 Posted: Oct 30 2010, 08:10 PM
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Very sad. There's always a bad apple in the bunch. I hope they go after him.
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 Posted: Oct 31 2010, 06:35 AM
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I count 20 bad apples... this time.

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I counted only one, Ronny Williams. The other 19 apples are probably the latest 19 puppy mill owners who were shut down, because of filth and death.
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Yes Ronny Williams and he was driving without a licenses. Go Figures... that tells you the type of person he is ..... Then the Puppy Mills that is VERY SAD!!!!!!!! There is always a bad apple that can't obey the rules and has no heart! Obviously no conscious either.... :redangry:
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I hope they nail this guy! Piece of crap that he is.
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jenna
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Yep, just like puppy mills.

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On second thought, it is worse. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2618516/posts

33 dogs starved to death, several of them with vet wrap wound around their necks so tightly, it caused swelling. This man was given dog food by a greyhound adoption group who offered to take all of his dogs when they "retired".

There are still 50 greyhounds needing groups to take them and at least 100 more coming off another Florida track. If any of you live in the area, now would be a great time to help. I can only offer a doation to the group since I am so far away.

The ownership at Ebro could have.... no should have had better oversight. Apparently, they knew what type of person Ronnie Williams is and still gave him the booking. I really do not see how 37 greyhounds could starve to death in a race track kennel without anyone around them having a clue. This type of thing CAN be prevented with a little effort on someone's part. Sure, bad apples will always be there but that doesn't mean it has to come to this before they weed them out. There are a lot of things that could have been done to save these dogs from suffering.

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550.0251-The powers and duties of the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.


(11) The division shall supervise and regulate the welfare of racing animals at pari-mutuel facilities.


777.011 Principal in first degree.Whoever commits any criminal offense against the state, whether felony or misdemeanor, or aids, abets, counsels, hires, or otherwise procures such offense to be committed, and such offense is committed or is attempted to be committed, is a principal in the first degree and may be charged, convicted, and punished as such, whether he or she is or is not actually or constructively present at the commission of such offense

The abuse of animals, committed at a pari-mutuel facility, which at all times ( open or closed ) should be considered a lack of supervision by the Division of PMW, this direct lack of supervision, which is in opposition to the Duties and Powers of the Division... should be construed, then to have aided and or abetted in the commission of the crime occured.

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Very sad. Ok, where was Grey2K on this. Aren't they the people who are suppose to watch out for bad apples like this jerk?
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Grey2K has NO standing..... PERIOD

The Fla Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is responsible for oversight.

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QUOTE (HoundIsle @ Nov 1 2010, 01:23 PM)
Grey2K has NO standing..... PERIOD

The Fla Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is responsible for oversight.

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Now this is the type of response I was hoping for. Not just "oh well, it happens, look at puppy mills" :redangry:

Tim Leuschner, president of the American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA), said that greyhound welfare is a shared responsibility, and that all industry members have an obligation to take action when they believe a greyhound is at risk.

“We’re going to work together—regulators, tracks, kennel operators, breeders and adoption groups—to figure out what went wrong, and how we can make sure that nothing like this ever happens again,” Leuschner said. :handclap:


Whether or not they do is another story. At least they said it and that is the point I always try to get across to you folks. This is NOT something we just accept and just nailing a guy is not enough. When things go wrong, we learn and admit fault and identify responsibility and make whatever changes are necessary to keep them from happening again.

And once again, this isn't about AR/PR, Grey2k politics. It's about those dogs and all the ones who follow them.

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Great post Jenny
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Please READ Fl law spells out clearly who SHALL supervise and regulate the welfare of racing animals at pari-mutuel facilities

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550.0251-The powers and duties of the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.


(11) The division shall supervise and regulate the welfare of racing animals at pari-mutuel facilities.


777.011 Principal in first degree.Whoever commits any criminal offense against the state, whether felony or misdemeanor, or aids, abets, counsels, hires, or otherwise procures such offense to be committed, and such offense is committed or is attempted to be committed, is a principal in the first degree and may be charged, convicted, and punished as such, whether he or she is or is not actually or constructively present at the commission of such offense

The abuse of animals, committed at a pari-mutuel facility, which at all times [B][/B][/u]( open or closed )[B][U] should be considered a lack of supervision by the Division of PMW, this direct lack of supervision, which is in opposition to the Duties and Powers of the Division... should be construed, then to have aided and or abetted in the commission of the crime occured.
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This is a emotional subject and I have yet to find anyone in the biz or not that feels this man's actions are acceptable or have stated "Stuff Happens". I hold Mr Williams accountable for his deeds, he was offered help and REFUSED. I hold the track accountable for not visually inspecting the kennel to ensure the care of all the GHs at their facility. I also feel the State of Fl failed those poor animals by not ensuring their welfare as required by law.


Pat





From the NGA


Three major Greyhound racing organizations have condemned the actions of a Florida kennel operator who has been charged with 37 counts of felony animal cruelty in connection the deaths of 32 Greyhounds at Ebro Greyhound Track in Ebro., Fl. Racing industry leaders are urging aggressive prosecution of the case.

Ron Williams, owner of the No Limits Kennel, was arrested Friday by officers of the Washington County, FL, sheriff's department, four days after representatives of Greyhounds Pets of America/Emerald Coast, a regional adoption group, notified state authorities that seven Greyhounds picked up from Williams' kennel for adoption were seriously underweight and appeared neglected.

When state investigators visited the kennel, they found 32 Greyhounds dead. Authorities have not determined conclusively the cause of death. Five surviving Greyhounds have received veteerinary care and are expected to recover.

The National Greyhound Association (NGA), the official registry for racing Greyhounds, says that, although Williams is not a member, NGA has the authority to prohibit its members from doing business with animal welfare violators. This provision will make it impossible for Williams to be involved in Greyhound racing in any way. "Ron Williams will never register or race another Greyhound in the United States," said NGA Executive Director Gary Guccione. "We can make that promise today."

"There is absolutely no excuse for such egregious animal abuse and neglect," said American Greyhound Council (AGC) President Fred Fulchino. "Industry organizations, tracks and adoption groups have created a safety net to ensure that retiring Greyhounds receive proper care until they are place in adoptive homes. Ron Williams knew that help was available, and he chose to ignore it. He should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

Ebro Greyhound Park closed for the season on Sept. 25. Track manager Mark Hess said that he notified Williams in mid-September that his contract to race at the track would not be renewed. "This may have been done in retaliation for that termination, but I can't imagine it," he said.

Hess said his office maintained communication with kennel operators after the track closed to ensure that those not leaving to race at other tracks were able to find adoptive homes for their Greyhounds. Williams had assured Hess that only two dogs were left in his kennel, and was seen turning the two Greyhounds out for exercise daily over the past week. Track staff did not enter the kennel building and were unaware that additional Greyhounds remained inside.

Tim Leuschner, president of the American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA), said that Greyhound welfare is a shared responsibility, and that all industry members have an obligation to take action when they believe a Greyhound is at risk.

"We're going to work together--regulators, tracks, kennel operators, breeders and adoption groups--to figure out what went wrong, and how we can make sure that nothing like this ever happens again," Leuschner said.

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